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Anacletus

(Gr. anegklemtos, “blameless”). According to tradition the third bishop of Rome, following Linus (64-76) and preceding Clement (88-96). Anacletus or Anencletus is to be identified with Cletus, although the [[Liberian Catalogue]] assumes that Anencletus and Cletus were different persons. The ascription of twelve years to his office and that of Linus may indicate that tradition was anxious to provide a link between Peter (d. 64) and [[Clement of Rome]]. It is unfortunate for this theory that no trace of monepiscopacy can be found in Rome until the middle of the second century.