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St. Linus

First pope after St. Peter, Linus was converted to Christianity by the Prince of the Apostles and was his close assistant. Ruled from 67-76.
St. Cletus

Successor to Linus, he was ordained a priest by St. Peter. Ruled from 76-88.
St. Clement

Successor to Cletus, he was banished from Rome by Emperor Trajan and thrown into the sea with an anchor. Now known as the patron saint of mariners. Ruled from 88-97.
St. Sixtus

A Greek pope, Sixtus II led the Church during Emperor Valerian's rule, a difficult time for Christians. Martyred with St. Lawrence and six other deacons. Ruled from 257-258.
St. Cornelius

Guided the Church during the reign of Emperor Decius and Gallus. Forced into exile soon after election. Ruled from 251-253.