Pope Anastasius I

Summary

Pope Saint

Anastasius I
Papacy began27 November 399
Papacy ended19 December 401
PredecessorSiricius
SuccessorInnocent I
Personal details
Died19 December 401
Rome
Sainthood
Feast day19 December
Other popes named Anastasius

Pope Anastasius I was the bishop of Rome from 27 November 399 to his death on 19 December 401.[1]

Anastasius was born in Rome, and was the son of Maximus. He succeeded Siricius as pope and condemned the writings of the Alexandrian theologian Origen shortly after their translation into Latin. He fought against these writings throughout his papacy, and in 400 he called a council to discuss them. The council agreed that Origen was not faithful to the Catholic Church.[2]

If Origen has put forth any other writings, you are to know that they and their author are alike condemned by me. The Lord have you in safe keeping, my lord and brother deservedly held in honour.

— letter to Simplicianus, [3]

During his reign he also encouraged Catholics in North Africa to fight Donatism.[2] He instructed priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.[1] Among his friends were Augustine, Jerome, and Paulinus. Jerome speaks of him as a man of great holiness who was rich in his poverty.[4] He died in Rome[5] and was eventually buried in the Catacomb of Pontian together with his son and immediate successor, Innocent I, which is probably a unique case of a pope being succeeded by his son.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Saint of the Day, December 19". SaintPatrickDC.org. Archived from the original on 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ a b "Pope Anastasius I". The Ecole Glossary. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16.
  3. ^ "Letter XCV. From Pope Anastasius to Simplicianus". The Principal Works of St. Jerome.
  4. ^ Campbell, Thomas (1907). "Pope St. Anastasius I". In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Saint Anastasius I". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Sant' Innocenzo I su santiebeati.it".

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Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by
Siricius
Pope
399–401
Succeeded by
Innocent I