Saint Peter Chrysologous (+450) was, as the traditional account has it, chosen bishop of Ravenna in 433 after the Pope, Sixtus III, had a vision of Saint Peter and Saint Apollinaris (former bishop of Ravenna) who pointed out a young man as the next episcopus. Soon afterwards, a group arrived in Rome from Ravenna, and amongst them the man –our saint – the Pope recognized from the vision, and so consecrated him bishop.
I must confess, this seems a more felicitous way of choosing good and worthy shepherds than whatever goes on behind the scenes today.
Peter was known as ‘doctor of

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