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Feastday: October 11

Bishop of Constantinople, modern Istanbul, from 381. He was born in Tarsus, in Cilicia, the son of a senator of Constantinople. Nectarius succeeded St. Gregory Nazianzus upon the latter's resignation. His elevation came about after his name found its way onto a list submitted to the emperor, who picked Nectarius, despite the fact that Nectarius was married and had not yet even been baptized. Nevertheless, once installed properly, he proved a most able prelate, struggling against the Arians and prohibiting public penance. He was bishop for sixteen years.

 


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