St. Anterus was elected Pope even before the death of St.
Pontian. Pontian, evidently considering that he could not rule the Church efficiently
from a Sardinian mine, abdicated.
Anterus, according to the "Liber Pontificalis," was a Greek,
the son of Romulus. He ruled the Church for a very short time, about forty
days. He ordained a bishop for Fundi in Campania. The memory of Anterus
should be dear to historians, for he ordered that the acts of the martyrs
should be collected from notaries and kept in the church.
St. Anterus probably died a martyr. At any rate the Church celebrates
his feast as that of a martyr on January 3. He was buried in the Cemetery
of Calixtus. A stone with the inscription "Antherus Epi[scopus]"
written in Greek letters has been discovered in this cemetery.
Excerpted from "Popes
Through the Ages" by Joseph Brusher, S.J.
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