LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 16th CENTENARY
OF THE DEATH OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

1. Introduction

This year is the 16th centenary of the death of St John Chrysostom, a great Father of the Church to whom Christians of all time look with veneration. In the ancient Church, John Chrysostom was distinguished for furthering that “fruitful encounter between the Christian message and Hellenic culture which has had an enduring impact on the Churches of East and West”[1]. May both the life and the magisterial teaching of the holy Bishop and Doctor ring out in all the centuries and still today inspire universal admiration. The Roman Pontiffs have always recognized him as a vital source of wisdom for the Church and in the last century their interest in his magisterium has grown ever more acute.

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