|Papacy began||c. 99|
|Papacy ended||c. 107|
|Birth name||Evaristus or Aristus|
|Born||1st century AD
Rome, Roman Empire
|Feast day||26 October|
Pope Evaristus (died c. 107 AD) is accounted as the fifth Bishop of Rome, holding office from c. 99 to his death c. 107. He was also known as Aristus. He is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.
Little is known about St. Evaristus. According to the Liber Pontificalis, he came from a family of Hellenistic Jewish origin living in Bethlehem. He was elected during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the time of the second general persecution, and succeeded St. Clement in the See of Rome.
Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical History IV, I, stated 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 eight years. He is said by the Liber Pontificalis to have 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; however, there is no confirmation of this, as Pope Evaristus is listed without that title in the Roman Martyrology, with a feast day on 26 October. It is probable that St. Evaristus was buried near St. Peter's tomb in the Vatican. It is also probable that St. John the apostle died during the beginning of Evaristus's reign.
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- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Evaristus". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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