Letter 5.17 to Bishop Venantius of Luni (November 594)
Gregorius to Venantius, bishop of Luni
Gregory discusses some other matters.
We have decreed in our [previous] letter that you should take care that the ex-presbyter Saturninus should never presume to aspire to the ministry of a holy order, but we give permission for him to govern the monasteries in the islands of Gorgona and Capraria, and to remain in the office which he now holds without opposition from everyone.
Gregory moves to some other matters.
We have also directed that those bearing this letter should hand over a copy of our Pastoral Care to the lord (domnus) Presbyter Columbanus. You are not to keep it for yourself, for we are sending another copy as quickly as possible, for you to use.
(trans. Martyn 2004: 335, slightly altered and summarised by J. Szafranowski)