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Bishop and theologian who
lived in an era of dispute in the Church. Achillas was the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the
most powerful cities in the world at the time. Succeeding as bishop a man named St. Peter the
Martyr, Achillas ordained Arius, who was to begin the influential heresy of Arianism. When Achillas
recognized the untruths in Arius' preaching, he took steps to defend the faith and was attacked by
Arius and another heretical group called the Meletians. Achillas remained firm in the faith. A
council held in Alexandria condemned Arius and forced him to flee to Palestine. Achillas, however,
did not live to see this condemnation.
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