- Pope Felix III
English name=Felix III
March 13, 483
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papal name=Pope Felix III
Pope Saint Felix III was
popefrom March 13, 483to 492.
His first act was to repudiate the
Henoticon, a deed of union originating with PatriarchAcacius of Constantinople and published by Emperor Zeno with the view of allaying the strife between the MiaphysiteChristians and Chalcedonian Christians. He also addressed a letter of remonstrance to Acacius. The latter proved refractory, and sentence of deposition was passed against Acacius.
In his first synod, Felix excommunicated
Peter the Fullerwho had assumed the See of Antiochagainst Papal wishes. In 484, Felix also excommunicated Peter Mongus, who had taken the See of Alexandria - an act which brought about a schism between East and West that was not healed until 519.
It is said that Felix appeared to one of his descendants, his great-granddaughter
Trasilla(an aunt of St. Gregory the Great), and asked her to enter Heaventhrough death, and on the eve of ChristmasTrasilla died, seeing Jesus Christbeckoning. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15026a.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sts. Trasilla and Emiliana ] ]
Pope Felix IIis now considered an anti-pope. At the time however, this fact was not recognized and so the second true Pope Felix is known by the official number III. This has advanced the numbering of all subsequent Popes Felix by one. Popes Felix III and IV are really the second and third popes by that name. It also affected the name taken by the antipope Felix V, who if he had been pope, really would have been the fourth Felix.)
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