|Roman Martyrology - 2004|
Today - September 23 - honors three Bible Saints: Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah, and Linus; as well as a new-ish saint, St. Padre Pio. One neat connection here is that St. Padre Pio spent much of his life in a small Italian city called San Giovanni Rotondo - a city named after and placed under the patronage of St. John the Baptist, who is the son of two of today's saints: Elizabeth and Zechariah.
St. Linus was a good friend of St. Paul. Based on Paul's Second Letter to Timothy, which is considered to have been written while imprisoned in Rome, not long before he was martyred. It is clear that Linus was with Paul, possibly until Paul's death. It is believed that when our first Pope, Peter, was martyred, that this rather obscure New Testament Saint replaced him and became the second Pope of the Catholic Church.
Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers send greetings.
~ St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:21b
|St. Padre Pio|
|The Church of San Giovanni Battista Rotondo|
in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
|Saints Zechariah and Elizabeth|
Parents of San Giovanni Battista
(St. John the Baptist)
|Saint Pope Linus|