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Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. John I, May 18,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. John I, May 18,2017

Elected when he was already advanced in years, to succeed Saint Hormisdas in the see of Peter, John I suffered in his own body for the sake of the peace between the powers of East and West. At the request of the Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great, then ruler of Rome, John went to Constantinople to end the brutal persecution of the Byzantine emperor, Justin I. John secured charity toward the Arians, but, upon his return to Italy, was imprisoned by order of Theodoric. John died on May 18, 526 A.D., of starvation and exhaustion. He was buried in Rome as a “victim for Christ.”

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