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Anastasius I
Papacy began 27 November 399
Papacy ended 19 December 401
Predecessor Siricius
Successor Innocent I
Personal details
Birth name Anastasius
Born unknown
Died 16 December 401
Feast day 19 December
Other Popes named Anastasius

Pope Saint Anastasius I (Latin: Anastasius Primus; died 401) was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 39th Pope from 399 until his death in 401.

Early life

Anastasius was born in Rome, but little is known about his early life. His father's name was Maximus.

Before Anastasius became a priest, he fathered a son who later became Pope Innocent I.


Anastasius was elected pope in 399.

He best known for being against the thinking and writings of Origen. In 400 he called a council to discuss them. The council agreed that Origen was not faithful to the Catholic Church.

After Anastasius, it became traditional for priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.

During his reign, Anastasius encouraged Catholics in North Africa.

He is buried in the Catacomb of Pontian.


Pope Anastasius was praised by Augustine of Hippo and St Jerome.

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Preceded by
Succeeded by
Innocent I

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