Arose from the hostility of certain presbyters under leadership of Novatus* against Cyprian, bp. Carthage. During Cyprian's absence in the Decian persecution, and without his knowledge and consent, Novatus ordained Felicissimus deacon 250. Felicissimus and others challenged Cyprian's strictness by indulgence toward the lapsed and refused to comply with an order for ch. visitation and offering for poor issued by absent Cyprian. The schismatics were condemned by a council at Carthage 251.
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