Key Facts:

Date 251, after Easter
Location Carthage
Summoned By Cyprian
Purpose To discuss the problem of the lapsi
Key Events Council was informed of Pope Cornelius’s election; two bishops were sent to Rome to see what could be learned about the Novatian schism and any decision on the Novatians was deferred until they returned; the council decided to be fairly indulgent toward the lapsi; the excommunication of Felicissimus of Carthage and five priests who followed him was confirmed.


Munier, Ch. “Carthage” in Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014)

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Last updated: 1-24-2019

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