Pope Saint Anicetus, Martyr
St. Anicetus was raised to the chair of St. Peter in the later part of the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. He is styled a martyr in the Roman and other martyrologies and, if he did not actually shed his blood for the faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by the sufferings and trials he endured. His efforts appear to have been specially directed to combating the errors of Valentine and Marcion and to protecting his flock from heresy. It was whilst he was pope that St. Polycarp, the great bishop of Smyrna, came to Rome in connection with the controversy about the date of Easter. The conference which took place led to no settlement, but to quote the words of Eusebius, "the bonds of charity were not broken". St. Anicetus is said to have been a Syrian.
See the Acta Sanctorum, vol. ii, and the Liber Pontificalis with Mgr Duchesne's introduction and notes.
Butler's Lives of The Saints, Herbert J. Thurston, S.J. and Donald Attwater
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