The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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epistle, he says, he had written to the Bishop of Arles, was directed to Virgilius, successor to Etherius, the copy whereof follows.


CHAPTER XXVIII.
POPE GREGORY WRITES TO THE BISHOP OF ARLES TO ASSIST
AUGUSTINE IN THE WORK OF GOD.

"To the most reverend and most holy brother, Virgilius, our fellow bishop, Gregory, servant of the servants of God. With how much affection brethren, coming of their own accord, are to be entertained, is well known, by their being for the most part invited on account of charity. Therefore, if our common brother, Bishop Augustine, shall happen to come to you, I desire your love will, as is becoming, receive him so kindly and affectionately, that he may be supported by the honour of your consolation, and others informed how brotherly charity is to be cultivated. And, since it often happens that those who are at a distance, sooner than others understand the things that need correction, if any crimes of priests or others shall happen to be laid before you, you will, in conjunction with him, sharply inquire into the same. And do you both act so strictly and carefully against those things which offend God, and provoke his wrath, that for the amendment of others, the punishment may fall upon the guilty, and the innocent may not suffer an ill name. God keep you in safety, most reverend brother. Given the 10th day of the kalends of July, in the nineteenth year of the reign of our pious and august emperor, Mauritius Tiberius, and the eighteenth year after the consulship of our said lord. The fourth indiction."

Jan. 601.

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