ST. LINUS (67-76)
During his reign occurred many important events, among them the death of Nero, the destruction of Jerusalem (with its Temple, thus severing the Church’s last connection with Judaism) and the dispersion of the Jews, many of whom converted to the Christian faith. He wrote the Acts of Peter, particularly as regarded St. Peter’s dealing with Simon Magus. As Pope, he decreed, in keeping with the teaching of Ss. Peter and Paul, that women should cover their heads at worship, a tradition maintained until the 1960’ s. St. Linus performed many miracles: apart from raising a dead person to life, he was expert at casting out devils. On one occasion, he expelled the demon from a possessed girl who was the daughter of an ex-consul called Saturninus. Angered at his child’s subsequent conversion, the angry father had St. Linus imprisoned and then beheaded.
He was buried near St. Peter on the Vatican Hill. In Volterra, San Lino, a simple convent church with a single nave was built at the request of Raffaello Maffei on the site where St. Linus’s residence once stood. The high altar is surmounted by a wood panel of the Virgin and saints by Francesco Curradi, and the nave displays The Birth of the Virgin by Cesare Dandini (first half of the 17th century) and The Visitation of Elizabeth by Cosimo Daddi (1619). The presbytery houses the funeral monument of Raffaello Maffei executed by an artist from Fiesole, Silvio Cosini, in 1522.
Mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass, his feast in the Western Church is September 23, and in the Coptic rite July 1.
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