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Feastday: August 25

Death: 552


Patriarch of Constantinople. He was a native of Alexandria, Egypt. Also called Mennas, he was consecrated patriarch by Pope St. Agapitus in 536 . He started his career as superior of the hospice of St. Samson. Menas condemned Origenism but supported Emperor Justinian on “The Three Chapters,” the emperor’s theologically misguided effort to reconcile the Monophysite heretics to the Church. This involvement resulted in his excommunication by Pope Vigilius in 551 . He submitted immediately and was reconciled before his death.

 


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