St. Anicetus I, Pope of Rome
A native of Emesa, Pope/St. Anicetus led the Roman church from c. 155
until c. 166. Polycarp of Smyrna visited him to discuss the dating of
Easter and to persuade the pope that 14 Nisan was the correct time at
which to celebrate the Feast of Feasts. Anicetus was the first pope to
make a public statement against heresy, when he condemned Montanism. Like
his predecessor, Hygenius, Anicetus contended with the gnostics.
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