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Babai of Seleucia-Ctesiphon

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Babai, also Babaeus, was Catholicos of Seleucia-Ctesiphon and Patriarch of the Church of the East from 497 to 503.[1] Under his leadership, the Church in Sasanian Empire (Persia) became increasingly aligned with the Nestorian movement, declared heretical in the Roman Empire.[2]

Babai of Seleucia-Ctesiphon
Catholicos-Patriarch of Seleucia-Ctesiphon
Term ended503
Personal details
DenominationChurch of the East

Babai was also known as patriarch of Seleucia-Ctesiphon. When he became patriarch, he was married. With the permission of King Djamasp, Babai was allowed to call a synod (council) in 497/499, at which clerical celibacy was abolished, permitting priests and even bishops to marry. Babai died during the reign of King Kobad, during a time while Kobad was at war with the Byzantine Empire.


  1. ^ Wigram 1910, p. 175.
  2. ^ "Nestorian". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 28, 2010.


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Preceded by
Catholicus-Patriarch of the East
Succeeded by