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At the end of the conciliar session, 28 August 397, the bishops of Byzacena having returned to their own sees, some 40 prelates from Proconsularis, Numidia and Mauretania approved the Breviarium CCL 149, 143. They also defined many provisions on matters of discipline: forbidding rebaptism, reordination and transfer of bishops RC 48; requiring three bishops to be present at the consecration of another bishop RC 49; specifiying that the date of Easter was to be announced by the primate of Carthage RC 50; announcing that no new dioceses could be created RC 53; demarking provisions against bishops who usurped the rights of others chs. 54 and 56. An exception was made for the primate of Carthage, who was authorized by custom to provide for the needs of churches who requested it, for the ordination of candidates to the episcopate, and for the clerics of all the dioceses of Africa RC 55. Cleveland Map CCL 149, 20-53; Hfl-Lecl II, 100-102; Palazzini 1, 256; M. Krmitz, La prescrizione del canone della Scrittura nel Concilio di Cartagine 397, in I Concili della Cristianit  occidentale secoli III-V. XXX Incontro di studiosi dell’antichit  cristiana Rome 3-5 May 2001, SEA 78, Rome 2002, 259-267. The year 398 was too turbulent to hold a plenary council at Carthage: Gildo had passed on to open revolt against the emperor. We should not believe, therefore, the Spanish canonical collection known as the Hispana, which dates an imaginary IV Council of Carthage to 8 November 398: this is actually the Proven§al compilation called Statuta ecclesiae antiqua ed. Ch. Munier, Paris 1960. After the return of peace, the African bishops met on 27 April 399, a date earlier than that of the annual meeting, in the secretarium of the Basilica restituta of Carthage. The Fathers delegated two bishops to ask emperor Honorius to allow churches the right of asylum, conceded to temples by the law of 29 January 399 CTh XVI, 10, 15.

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