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Pope Saint

Bishop of Rome
ChurchEarly Church
Papacy beganc. 99
Papacy endedc. 107
PredecessorClement I
SuccessorAlexander I
Personal details
BornBethlehem, Judea
Diedc. 107
Rome, Roman Empire
Feast day26 October

Pope Saint Evaristus was pope from about 98 to 105 (99 to 108 in the Vatican's Annuario Pontificio of 2003). He was also known as Aristus.

Little is known about Evaristus. According to the Liber Pontificalis, he came from a family of Hellenic origin. He was elected during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the time of the second general persecution.

Eusebius, in Ecclesiastical History IV, I, states that Evaristus died in the 12th year of the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan, after holding the office of bishop of the Romans for 8 years.

Evaristus laid the foundation for the College of Cardinals, the body that would later become responsible for papal elections. Although there is no historic proof refuting or confirming the claim, he has always traditionally been considered a martyr. His memorial or feast day is October 26.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Clement I
Bishop of Rome


Succeeded by
Alexander I

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