Key Facts:

Date 256 (Spring)
Location Carthage
Number of Participants 71
Key Issue Evaluation of the previous council
Key Events The council confirmed rebaptism, informed Pope Stephen of the decision and proposed only to readmit heretic clergy as laymen.

Surviving Documents:

Epistle (Cyprian of Carthage)


Munier, Ch. “Carthage” in The Encyclopedia of the Early Church (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Geoffrey D. Dunn, “Validity of Baptism and Ordination in the African Response to the ‘Rebaptism’ Crisis: Cyprian of Carthage’s Episcopal Synod of Spring 256,” Theological Studies 67 (2006), 257-274.

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Last updated: 6-3-2023

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