Saint of the Day for May 18: Saint John I
Saint John I’s Story: Pope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ
Italy had been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics with toleration.
His policy changed at about the time the young John was elected pope
When the eastern emperor began imposing severe measures on the Arians of his area, the western emperor forced John to head a delegation to the East to soften the measures against the heretics.
Little is known of the manner or outcome of the negotiations—designed to secure continued toleration of Catholics in the West.
On his way home, John was imprisoned at Ravenna because the emperor had begun to suspect that John’s friendship with his eastern rival might lead to a conspiracy against his throne.
Shortly after his imprisonment, John died, apparently from the treatment he received in prison
John’s body was transported to Rome and he was buried in the Basilica of St. Peter.
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