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.
Ancient Attestations Cyprian Ep. 49, 48


Munier, Ch. “Carthage” in Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity2 (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014) 1.433-438

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Last updated: 7-8-2019

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