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Feastday: November 23
Death: 400

Bishop and companion of Sts. Gregory Nazianzus and Basil. Born in Cappadocia he studied in Constantinople, now Istanbul. His cousin was St. Gregory of Naziaiutus, and Amphilocus retired to Nazianzus after teaching the care of aged patients. In 374, he was named bishop of Iconium, where he proved a formidable opponent of the Arian heresy. He attended the Council of Constantinople in 381 and advised Emperor Theodosius I to keep Arians from attending. He also fought the heresy of the Messalians. His letters to Sts. Gregory and Basil are still extant.


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