Roman Catholic Pope, Martyr and Saint. Born in 155 A.D., was ordained a deacon in 199 by Pope Zephyrinus and appointed superintendent of the Christian cemetery on the Appian Way, today called the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Callixtus succeeded Zephyrinus as Bishop of Rome in 217. He is noted for admitting into the church converts from sects or schisms who had not done penance and established the practice of absolution of all sins, including adultery and murder. It is believed that Callixtus was martyred, although the method of his death is not clear. He was buried in the cemetery of Calepodius on the Aurelian Way. His relics were transferred in the 9th century to the Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in the district of Trastevere. In the late summer of 2017, bone fragments of Saint Callixtus, along with those of Saint Peter, Saint Cornelius, and Saint Felix, all early popes of the Roman Catholic church, were believed to have been discovered in Roman-era pots in the Church of Santa Maria in Cappella.
Bio by: Carolina Cotton