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Anicetus was a Syrian-born bishop of Rome, the 11th including Peter; his pontificate was probably between 150 and 166 CE. His most notable contribution to the development of the church was a discussion with Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, about the date of Easter. The two churchmen took opposing positions on the matter but agreed to differ, and Polycarp was honored by being invited to celebrate Mass…

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Hunt, Hannah, “Anicetus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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