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Pax!
I want to say "Friends of Christ" in vocative. I came up with "Amici Christi" but I am a bit confused. Christi means "of christ" so it must be corect. But if I am correct you must have vocative form of all the words, eg Sancte Pater Benedicte. Please help me.

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The vocative case form is the same as the nominative case form in the singular, except in two instances (with very few exceptions):

* Second-declension nouns in -ius form the vocative in -i in the singular (nominative:  filius, vocative:  fili)
* Second-declension nouns in -us form the vocative in -e in the singular (nominative:  Marcus, vocative:  Marce)

The vocative plural forms are the always the same as the nominative plural forms.  Thus, "amici" is the correct vocative plural for "amicus".

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