Anastasius II of Antioch
|Bishop of Antioch and Martyr|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church|
21 December Roman Catholic20 April Eastern Orthodox
Anastasius II of Antioch, also known as Anastasius the Younger, succeeded Anastasius of Antioch as Bishop of Antioch, in 599. He is known for his opposition and suppression of simony in his diocese, with the support of Pope Gregory the Great. In 609 Anastasius is said to have been murdered during an uprising of Syrian Jews against Emperor Phocas, although Persian soldiers have also been suggested. 
Anastasius is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.
- J. D. Frendo, "Who killed Anastasius II?" Jewish Quarterly Review vol. 72 (1982), 202-4)
- Saint Anastasius II of Antioch Patron Saint Index Archived January 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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