Pope Anastasius I  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Pope Saint Anastasius I, born in Rome the son of Maximus, was pope from November 27, 399 to 401.

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."

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

It was Pope Anastasius who 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.

Anastasius was succeeded by his son, Innocent I, who was born before Anastasius became pope.

He is buried in the Catacomb of Pontian.

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