Pope Anastasius I


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.[1]

Pope Anastasius I
Papacy began27 November 399
Papacy ended19 December 401
SuccessorInnocent I
Personal details
Birth nameAnastasius
Died16 December 401
Feast day19 December
Other popes named Anastasius

Early life


Anastasius was born in Rome,[2] but little is known about his early life.[3] His father's name was Maximus.[4]

Before Anastasius became a priest, he fathered a son who later became Pope Innocent I.[5]

Anastasius was elected pope in 399.[6]

He best known for being against the thinking and writings of Origen.[7] In 400 he called a council to discuss them. The council agreed that Origen was not faithful to the Catholic Church.[3]

After Anastasius, it became traditional for priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.[4]

During his reign, Anastasius encouraged Catholics in North Africa.[3]

He is buried in the Catacomb of Pontian.[5]



Pope Anastasius was praised by Augustine of Hippo and St Jerome.[8]



Emblem of the popes
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  2. "Anastasius," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911); retrieved 2012-8-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Pope Anastasius I at ecole.evansville.edu Archived 2010-06-16 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-3-11.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Anastasius I, Pope" at saintpatrickdc.org Archived 2018-09-13 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-3-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The 39th Pope, St. Anastasius" at spirituality.org Archived 2017-02-01 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-3-11.
  6. "Pope St. Anastasius I", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-8-27.
  7. "Origen and Origenism,", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-8-27.
  8. Bunson, Matthew. (2004). OSV's Encyclopedia of Catholic History, p. 74[permanent dead link].

Other websites


  Media related to Anastasius I (pope) at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope St. Anastasius I" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Popes in sequence
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Innocent I