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Anastasius I
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Papacy began November 27 399
Papacy ended December 19 401
Predecessor Siricius
Successor Innocent I
Personal details
Birth name Anastasius
Born ???
Died December 19 401
Other Popes named Anastasius
Papal styles of
Pope Anastasius I

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Reference style His Holiness
Spoken style Your Holiness
Religious style Holy Father
Posthumous style Saint

Pope Saint Anastasius I was born in Rome, the son of Maximus was pope from November 27, 399 to 401.[1]

He condemned the writings of the Alexandrian theologian Origen shortly after their translation into Latin, he had to fight against these writings continued throughout his papacy and in 400 he called a council to discuss them, they 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]

His reign also saw the rise of donatism in North Africa which he encouraged the people to fight.[2]

It was Pope Anastasius who 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.

Anastasius was succeeded by his son, Innocent I, who was born before Anastasius became pope.[4]

He is buried at Pontien[4]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Siricius
Pope
399–401
Succeeded by
Innocent I
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