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Does the Catholic Church have a “Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”?

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Does the Catholic Church have a Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”?

This is just so much of a coincidence that it must be stated in the affirmative: Yes, there is a patron saint against pandemics and her name is St. Corona.

We have a new reason to hope!

Patron saints can be established at any moment, when there is a great need or the devotion is found to be in growing veneration. Even if historically, St. Corona has not been invoked against pandemics, many of the Catholic faithful are now so doing now in the present Covid-19 situation, making her the new patron saint against the coronavirus.

Some argue saints often acquire their patronage by accident or due to public consensus, making Saint Corona’s newly-minted title just as valid as any other. In any case, Aachen Cathedral hopes the shrine and relics will now garner increased attention once they can be exhibited for public veneration.

St. Corona Novena to end the Coronavirus Pandemic

Although many Catholic are invoking St. Corona as the patron saint against the coronavirus, St. Roch also remains a patron saint against pestilence and the plague. St. Sebastián and St. Thomas of Antioch are equally patron saints against the plagues and pestilence.

Saint Rosalia is the patron saint of Palermo she is believed to have saved the Sicilian city from the plague in 1624.

And finally, Saint Rita is the patron saint of lost and impossible causes, sickness, wounds, marital problems, abuse and mothers.

St. Corona is also invoked by those connected to gambling and treasure hunting.

Were you — out of quarantine boredom perhaps — to Google "patron saint of pandemics," you might be surprised by the results.

"It's incredible but it's seemingly true – there is a Saint Corona and she is one of the patrons of pandemics," according to the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Even more incredible, the diocese claims, the remains of the second-century saint are in northern Italy, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe.

The diocese cites Gloria.tv, a website for Catholic news and memes, as its source for the claims about St. Corona.

St. Corona's purported patronage against pandemic and plague also has been pointed out on social media and on popular Catholic website Aleteia. - Is St. Corona the patron saint of pandemics?

Saint Corona is the patron saint against plague and epidemics.

In Anzù, Northern Italy, the hotbed of the coronavirus in Europe, is a basilica where the relics of Saint Victor and Saint Corona are being preserved since the 9th century.

Saint Corona was only fifteen when she professed her Christian Faith during the persecution of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius around 165.

Corona was arrested and tied by her feet to the tops of two palm trees which were bent to the ground. When the palms were let loose she was torn apart. According to the Roman Martyrology, this happened in Syria.

Saint Corona is especially venerated in Austria* and Bavaria as the Patron Saint against epidemics.

Her feast day is May 14*.

There is a Saint Corona, And she is the Patron Saint against plague and epidemics.

Sebastian ordered St. Corona, who had proclaimed her allegiance to Christ, to be tied to the tops of two palm trees, which had been bent to the ground. At his signal, the ropes holding the trees were cut, forcing them to spring back to an upright position — ripping apart St. Corona's body

Martyrdom of St. Corona.

Sebastian ordered St. Corona, who had proclaimed her allegiance to Christ, to be tied to the tops of two palm trees, which had been bent to the ground. At his signal, the ropes holding the trees were cut, forcing them to spring back to an upright position — ripping apart St. Corona's body. - St. Corona Rediscovered

Sancta Corona, Ora pro nobis.

St. Corona, patroness of epidemic victims, pray for us.

For more information about St. Corona, the following articles may be of interest:

*Churches in Austria to reopen from 15 May. Is this just another coincidence?

The coronavirus or covid-19 virus is so called because under a microscope, it looks like a globe with little globules, resembling a crown.

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  • What could the 14th of May have in store for us? – Ken Graham Apr 23 at 2:26
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    Snopes says that while she is being invoked as a patron saint of pandemics now, there's no evidence of her being connected with pandemics before this year. But I also saw that Wikipedia says she is associated with treasure hunting, which sadly, is also associated with a lot of what's happening recently... – curiousdannii Apr 23 at 2:51
  • @curiousdannii Patron saints can be established at any moment, when there is a great need or the devotion is found to be in growing veneration. Rarely are patron saints named to a particular cause as was St. Thomas More was for politicians and lawyers. The is almost always a case of Vox Populi, Vox Dei! – Ken Graham Apr 23 at 3:04
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    Don't forget Saint Roch! daily-prayers.org/novenas/saint-roch He is invoked "against pestilence and plague": catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=156 – Matt Gutting Apr 23 at 11:28
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    I just got a flyer for Sophia Press selling holy cards with St. Corona as the Patron Saint to pray for an Intercession against the Coronavirus, so that's evidence enough for me @k-hb – Peter Turner Apr 30 at 5:19
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According to the Book of Saints (page 717), Saint Thomas of Antioch (d.782), a Syrian monk, was patron against epidemics. His veneration however has not being approved and was removed from the 2004 version of the Roman Martyrology.

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