Son of John. Little is known of his life before his election as 11th Pope. Met with Saint Polycarp of Smyrna and allowed Eastern Christians to celebrate Easter on the 14th day of Nisan, regardless of whether it fell on Sunday. Anicetus took a firm stand against Gnosticism. Decreed that Church men should not have long hair; this was in keeping with 1st Corinthians 11:14 and helped mark the clergy as different from the laity.
- in Syria
- between 166 and 168 (records vary)
- traditionally listed as a martyr, but there is no hard evidence
- interred in the Vatican
- “Pope Saint Anicetus“. Saints.SQPN.com. 24 March 2014. Web. 23 April 2014. <>