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Saint of the Day – 19 December

Saint of the Day – 19 December – St Pope Anastasius I – (Papacy began 399-401 his death on 19 December)

Pope St. Anastasius I was elect the 39th Pope in 399. 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.

‘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,

During his reign he also encouraged Catholics in North Africa to fight Donatism.

He instructed priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.

Among his friends were Augustine, Jerome, and Paulinus. Jerome speaks of him as a man of great holiness who was rich in his poverty.

He died in Rome and was eventually buried in the Catacomb of Pontian together with his son, who would be Pope Innocent I, a unique case of a Pope being succeeded by his son.

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