|fanciful depiction of an 11th C. winegrower-bishop|
His career begins with Pope Gregory VII, a terrific pontiff whose omission from the Canon will be corrected here next month. [Okay, for anyone new to this site, that means Pope Gregory is not an official saint. However, I take a broader view of sainthood than the folks in Rome, so after May 25, he will be Pope Saint Gregory VII, according to me. Please let me know when the Vatican catches up so I can remove this distinction.]
The Pope had been exiled by Emperor Henry IV; during that exile, he agreed with the good folks of Montemarano that they should have their own bishop. John got the nod. He proved to be a good choice based on two important miracles.
|friggin' gypsy moth caterpillars|
|wine from Aminea / Montemarano|
Bishop Saint John stepped up, drew a quantity of water from the nearby river, and blessed it. The Lord, recalling the second chapter of the Gospel of John, changed the water into wine.