Callistus I, pope and martyr - October 14th
St Callistus I (d. 222, Rome, Italy) (Relics: Rome, Italy)
St Callistus I was originally buried in the Cemetery of Calepodius on the Aurelian Way. In the 8th century his remains were transferred to Santa Maria in Trastevere by Pope Adrian I (772-795). A few decades later during the pontificate of Pope Gregory IV (827-844) his body was relocated within this same church and placed directly under the main altar.
First Class Relics
Santa Maria in Trastevere (Our Lady in Trastevere)
Via della Paglia 14 / Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
*This church is located in Trastevere.
*Relics of the two popes St Callistus I and St Cornelius (d. 253) rest under the main altar of this church. These relics are joined by others in particular those of the priest and martyr St Calepodius (d. 232).
*Within a small grated niche at the end of the right aisle are several stones and a chain. The large marble stone is said to have been used as a weight to drown St Callistus I in a nearby well.
*Also in the mosaics above the main altar St Callistus I is depicted as the individual next to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Churches of Honor in Rome
San Callisto (Saint Callistus)
Piazza di San Callisto
*This church is next to Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is not open often.
*Tradition claims that it was in the location where this church now stands that St Callistus I suffered martyrdom by being thrown down a well.