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[[Image:StJohntheMerciful.jpg|right|frame|Sf. Ioan cel Milostiv]]
Our father among the saints '''John the Merciful''' was [[patriarch]] of Alexandria in the early 7th century. He gained his epithet from his unstinting generosity in distributing the vast wealth of the [[patriarchate]] of Alexandria to the poor and afflicted. The main source for his biography is a Life written by Leontius of Neapolis in Cyprus. John is commemorated in the Orthodox Church on [[November 12]].