Pope Anastasius I

Pope Saint

Anastasius I
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Papacy began27 November 399
Papacy ended19 December 401
SuccessorInnocent I
Personal details
Birth nameAnastasius
Died19 December 401
Feast day19 December
Other popes named Anastasius
Papal styles of
Pope Anastasius I
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Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious styleHoly Father
Posthumous styleSaint
Pope Saint Anastasius I
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Mosaic of St. Anastasius I at Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
Died19 December 401
Venerated inCatholic Church
Feast19 December
AttributesPapal Tiara

Pope Anastasius I (died 19 December 401) served as pope from 27 November 399 to his death in 401.[1] He was successor to Pope Siricius and was succeeded by his son Pope Innocent I.


He was born in Rome, the son of Maximus. He 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, Pope Innocent I, which is probably a unique case of a pope being succeeded by his son.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Saint of the Day, December 19". SaintPatrickDC.org. 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. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Campbell, Thomas (1907). "Pope St. Anastasius I" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  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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Preceded by
Succeeded by
Innocent I