Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Anastasius, Pope and Confessor

Pope Anastasius IArticle

He was by birth a Roman, and had, by many combats and labours, acquired a high reputation for his virtues and abilities. He succeeded Siricius in the papacy, in 398. Saint Jerom calls him a man of a holy life, of a most rich poverty, and endued with an apostolic solicitude and zeal. He exerted himself in stopping the progress of Origenism. When Rufinis had translated the dangerous books of Origen, On the Principles, he condemned that translation as tending to weaken our faith, built on the tradition of the apostles and our fathers, as he says in his letter on this subject, to John, bishop of Jerusalem. As to Rufinus, he leaves to God his intention in translating this work. In this epistle he calls all people and nations scattered over the earth, the parts of his body. He sat three years and ten days, dying on the 14th of December, 401. Saint Jerom says, that God took him out of this world lest Rome should be plundered under such a head: for in 410, it fell into the hands of Alaric the Goth. The remains of this holy pope have been often translated: the greater part now rest in the church of Saint Praxedes. The Roman Martyrology commemorates his name on this day, which is probably that of one of these translations.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Anastasius, Pope and Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 May 2017. Web. 17 June 2021. <>