New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Sixtus I

detail of a bas-relief medallion portrait of Pope Saint Sixtus I, date and artist unknown; Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalyDerivation

  • Latin: semtus, the sixth


Also written as Xystus.

Reigned from 116 to 125. Born in Rome, Italy; died there. Although various dates are given for his pontificate, it is certain that he reigned about ten years. As pope he passed three ordinances

  1. only priests may touch the sacred vessels
  2. bishops returning from the Apostolic See to their dioceses must present Apostolic letters
  3. the priest shall recite the Sanctus with the people during the Mass

Feast, Roman Calendar, 6 April.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Sixtus I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 April 2012. Web. 16 May 2021. <>