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St. Acacius, Bishop of Melitene

III Century
Disciple of Bishop Otreus and designated by him as tutor of the future St. Euthymius the Great, Acacius went on to become one of the most resolute opponents of Nestorianism at the Third Ecumenical Council. No doubt the fact that he had been a personal friend of Nestorius before the latter's slide into heresy made the situation all the more painful. Acacius was also among the early critics of Theodore of Mopsuestia.

Norman Hugh Redington


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