Pope Anastasius I facts
|Papacy began||27 November 399|
|Papacy ended||19 December 401|
|Died||16 December 401|
|Feast day||19 December|
|Other Popes named Anastasius|
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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