St. John Chrysostom was born circa 347 in Antioch (then in Syria), Turkey. For 12 years, beginning in 386, he established himself as a great preacher, offering his listeners impressive sermons. In 398, St. John was requested, against his will, to serve as archbishop of Constantinople. In 403, Emperor Arcadius banished him. John was venerated as a saint soon after his death in 407.
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