Pope Anicetus

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Decreed that clergy should not have long hair. Confirmed the celebration of Easter according to the tradition of Saint Peter, and allowed Saint Polycarp of Smyrna and the Eastern Christians to celebrate Easter on the 14th day of Nisan, regardless of whether it fell on Sunday. Strongly opposed Gnosticism.

Born

Papal Ascension

Died

  • 166 of natural causes
  • listed as a martyr for centuries, possibly under the assumption that all the early popes were martyred, but there is no evidence of it

Canonized

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Anicetus“. Saints.SQPN.com. 25 March 2014. Web. 19 April 2014. <>