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Pope Anastasius II

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Pope Anastasius II was known for:

Attempting, and failing, to end the Acacian Schism, and gaining an undeserved reputation as a weakling and heretic because of what appeared to be conciliatory advances.

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Elected pope: Nov. 24, 496
Died: Nov. 19, 498

About Pope Anastasius II:

Born in Rome, Anastasius was elected less than a week after the death of his predecessor, Gelasius I, in the midst of the Acacian Schism.

Pope Anastasius sought to heal the breach between East and West and received representatives from Byzantine ecclesiastics. This led to conflict with the Romans, who believed he was making conciliatory moves toward the heretical Monophysites instead of standing fast against them as his predecessors had done. Whether or not this was rightly the case, Anastasius acquired a reputation as a heretic because of it. He was chastised by the author of the Liber Pontificalis, and he was included among the heretics in the sixth circle of hell by Dante in his Inferno.

Anastasius would be succeeded by Symmachus.

Pope Anastasius II Resources:

Portrait of Anastasius II
The Acacian Schism

Pope Anastasius II on the Web

Anastasius II
Concise overview of the pope's reign by Karen Rae Keck at the Ecole Initiative.

Anastasius II
Accessible biography at Christ's Faithful People.

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