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A Patron Saint for epidemics/pandemics? Yes

By: Dhart
3/25/2020 6:50 PM

Saw this on CNBC, the financial network, and yes, there is a Patron Saint of epidemics and pandemics. Her Name?

St. Corona. You couldn't make this up.

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By: nicki
3/25/2020 8:13 PM

Oh my. Thats crazy.


By: PaulOinMA
3/25/2020 8:31 PM

Yes, you can make that up. Do a search. Recent invention.

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By: PaulOinMA
3/25/2020 8:43 PM

True story. I required an immediate transfusion at birth. Baptized immediately, as you would if Catholic in the 1950s (probably still today), and newborn not expected to survive. Pretty sure my mom's pregnancy with me was unexpected. My older brother and sister are adopted.

My Trappist monk uncle sent a small statue of St. Martin de Porres with a magnetic base (i.e., a dashboard Jesus-type statue). Among other things, he is patron saint of medical miracles. (There are many patron saints of medical miracles.)

I'm still here.

Statue is in center console of my Escape. Dashboards are no longer metal.

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By: Dhart
3/25/2020 9:37 PM

Yes, you can make that up. Do a search. Recent invention.


No, not made up...but confusing.

Italians are currently invoking her name in prayer from the balconies

Here at home, the Diocese of Lansing (MI) has recently referred to her as the Patron of Epidemics, citing older sources from Europe, and also referring to GloriaTV.

She is also known as the Patron Saint of gambling Serious smiley , but evidently, parts of Europe have considered her to be a Patron of epidemics.



By: PaulOinMA
3/25/2020 9:50 PM

Check snopes, ncronline.org. etc.


By: Dhart
3/25/2020 10:41 PM

Paul, I don't think you fully understood when I said "older sources".

According to Aleteia, "Several readers have asked us about St. Corona being a patron saint to invoke against epidemics. This can be verified in various German -language sources as this particular aspect to her devotion is most common in Austria and Bavaria."

There is reference to this in "comments" on the Gloria site previously mentioned.

Hey, it's confusing! And comments on Aleteia confirm the confusion also.



By: vickytown
3/28/2020 5:47 PM

Thank you Dhart for the link. Very interesting reading.

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By: B_Pur
4/1/2020 2:05 PM

Goodbye Felicia!

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By: vanative
4/13/2020 8:54 AM

Oh no-Fake news! Laughing smiley

"She's not the patron saint of pandemics or infectious diseases, according to Moss.

You can turn to St. Edmund or St. Roch for that, she said.

Rather, St. Corona is the patron saint of treasure hunters, the scholar said, which has little to do with her story and more to do with a treasure hunter who credited his success to her intercession.

Still, Moss said, there's hope for St. Corona.

St. Edmund and St. Roch became associated with pandemics long after their deaths, when they were believed to have saved people from the plague, she said.

Should St. Corona be associated with any healing miracles during the current coronavirus pandemic, her new patronage just may stick.

"I prefer they didn't, but if enough people decided St. Corona was the patron saint of the coronavirus, she's just going to become that," Moss said.

By popular acclaim of the internet, she already may be on her way."