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Meet St. Corona, the patroness of plagues and pandemics

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The global coronavirus contagion has led to the shutdown of churches in many parts of the world, pushing masses online — on Youtube and Facebook livestreaming.

The word “corona” is Latin for crown. Ironically, St. Corona is considered as one of the patron saints of pandemics sufferers.

St Corona, a martyr of the Catholic Church, lived in the 2nd Century. St Corona is closely associated with St Victor. Together, the two were put to death by Roman soldiers around the year 170 AD.

The dates and locations of their martyrdom are unclear. Most sources say it was in Syria, then under Roman rule. Some say Damascus; others, Antioch. Their feast day is MAY 14, according to catholic.org.

Most historians agree they died during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Victor and Corona were put to death by order of a Roman judge named Sebastian.

Who is St. Corona?

St Corona, whose relics are preserved in a basilica in the Italian city of Anzu, was the subject of a recent episode of the Catholic Talk Show.

During the show, Fr. Rich Pagano discussed about “The Catholic Church, Plagues, & The Coronavirus,” anchored by uCatholic founder Ryan Scheel, and Ryan DellaCrosse, founder/CEO of Fuzati, a tech-design site.

“She’s (St. Corona) being called on in Northern Italy where her remains are,” Fr. Pagano explained.

WHERE IS ANZU?

The Italian city of Anzu, is right smack in the middle of the current coronavirus pandemic.

There is a basilica (called Santuario dei Santi Vittore e Corona) in Anzu where the relics of St. Victor and St. Corona have been preserved since the 9th century.

A painting depicting St Victor and St Corona.

 

“She was a teenager, and was in a married relationship. She and her brother-in-law, St. Victor were martyred, Fr. Pagano said.

“As Roman soldiers gouged out St. Victor’s eyes, she cried out to encourage him to not give up. He kept the faith and boldly proclaimed it. He was martyred and then they captured her, and essentially, tied her to two bent-over palm trees and they ripped her from limb-to-limb,” he was quoted on aleteia.org, a catholic website.

The Church of St. Corona, Straße 77, 2880 Wechsel, Austria.

 

“She was definitely sought after from that period of time on because of how many miracles came from her intercession, as well as St. Victor, as it relates to epidemics and pandemics. St. Corona is a very, very powerful witness,” Fr Pagano was quoted as saying.

A view inside St Corona Church in Austria.

 

“She was definitely sought after from that period of time on because of how many miracles came from her intercession, as well as St. Victor, as it relates to epidemics and pandemics. St. Corona is a very, very powerful witness,” Fr Pagano was quoted as saying.

More than 10,000 saints

Catholics, who believe in the “communion of saints”, have plenty of saints — considered as heavenly intercessors at the ready to present the needs of a supplicant to the Creator.

PULLED FROM gulfnews.com

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