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John the Almsgiver, Saint
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(born on Cyprus – c. 620, Cyprus), feast day Nov 12. John was married and had children, but after the death of all the members of his family he withdrew to asceticism and, in 610, became patriarch of Alexandria as John V. With him, the imperial church, unpopular in Egypt since the Schism, gained strength, particularly since Heraklios had become emperor and Sergius patriarch of Constantinople at the same time. John gained a reputation especially for his extraordinary benevolence – hence the epithet Ἐλεήμων/Eleēmōn, the “almsgiver” –, which extended to all church …

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Petzolt, Martin, “John the Almsgiver, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10913>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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