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Felix II, Pope or Antipope of Rome

IV Century
Sometimes considered an antipope and often included in lists of popes, Felix II was an archdeacon who governed the Roman church after Emperor Constantius exiled Liberius in 355. Many believe that the election of Felix while Liberius was still alive was irregular and/or invalid. Athanasius of Alexandria claims that Arian bishops consecrated Felix. When Liberius returned from Thrace in 358, Felix retired to Porto, where he died seven years later.

Karen Rae Keck


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