|Pope Victor I|
Birthplace: North Africa
Died: c. 198 AD
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: Ancient Rome
Executive summary: First Roman Catholic Pope from Africa
Victor I was Bishop of Rome from about 190 to 198. He submitted to the opinion of the episcopate in the various parts of Christendom the divergence between the Easter usage of Rome and that of the bishops of Asia. The bishops, particularly Irenaeus of Lyons, declared themselves in favor of the usage of Rome, but refused to associate themselves with the excommunication pronounced by Victor against their Asiatic colleagues. At Rome Victor excommunicated Theodotus of Byzantium on account of his doctrine as to the person of Christ. St. Jerome attributes to Victor some opuscula in Latin, which are believed to be recognized in certain apocryphal treatises of St. Cyprian. It was Pope Victor I who switched the practice of Roman mass from Greek to Latin.
Roman Catholic Pope 190-198 AD
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