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Ancient Inscription

Historical Evidence

According to Edward Giles, “the earliest indication of the use of Papa at Rome for the bishop of Rome is an inscription” marked during the beginning of the 4th century:

"Double cubicle with arched tombs and light made by Severus the deacon with the permission of his Pope Marcellinus (jussu pp sui Iliarcellini) for himself and his relations." ([c. A.D. 303]).

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