|Papacy began||c. 99|
|Papacy ended||c. 107|
|Birth name||Evaristus or Aristus|
1st century AD|
Rome, Roman Empire
|Papal styles of|
|Reference style||His Holiness|
|Spoken style||Your Holiness|
|Religious style||Holy Father|
Little is known about St Evaristus. According to the Liber Pontificalis, he came from a family of Hellenic Jewish origin. He was elected during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the time of the second general persecution.
It was once supposed that all the early Popes were martyrs. There is no confirmation of this in the case of Pope Evaristus, who is listed without that title in the Roman Martyrology, with a feast day on 26 October.
St Evaristus succeeded St Clement in the See of Rome during the reign of Trajan and governed the Church for about eight years, as the fourth successor of St. Peter. The Liber Pontificalis says that he was the son of a Hellenic Jew of Bethlehem, and, certainly incorrectly, that he divided Rome into several "titles" or Parishes, assigning a priest to each, and appointed seven deacons for the city. He is usually accorded the title of martyr, but his martyrdom is not proven. It is probable that St Evaristus was buried near St Peter's tomb in the Vatican. His feast day is celebrated on 26 October.
- Writings attributed to Pope St Evaristus
- Patron Saints Index: Pope Saint Evaristus
- Catholic Online – Saints & Angels: St. Evaristus
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Evaristus". Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Rome
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