Who is the patron saint of Poland?
#45781. Asked by Baloo55th. (Mar 27 04 3:12 PM)
Saint Wojciech - he was a missionary, killed by the pagans. Polish king, Boleslaw II bought his corpse from them paying the amount of gold weighing as much as the saint.|
St. Wojciech (956 - 997), Martyred Bishop and Patron Saint of Poland.
St. Adalbert or Adalbert of Prague (Swiety Wojciech) was a member of the Slawnikowics (Slavník's dynasty), a Czech noble family, who had to flee their native Bohemia after losing a power stuggle with the Czech ruler Boleslaus II of Bohemia. St. Adalbert was initially bishop of Prague and wrote a treatise titled "Infelix Aurum" which condemned the slave trade. He went to Hungary and baptized Géza of Hungary and his son Stephen in the city of Esztergom. Then he went to Poland where he was cordially welcomed by Bolesław I the Brave. Bohemian rulers (i.e., Přemyslids) refused to ransom Saint Adalbert's body from the Prussians who murdered him, so it was purchased by Poles. He was declared the patron saint of Poland in the 11th and 12th centuries. His Latin biography was the beginning of Latin Polish literature.
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St. Casimir of Poland (canonized in 1522 by Pope Adrian VI) is indeed the Patron saint of Poland and Lithuania. (Also of bachelors, special patron of all youth, the Knights of St. John) Feastday: March 4|
St. Kunegunda (1224-1292) married to Prince Boleslaus (King Boleslaus V) of Poland. In 1695 she was made Chief Patroness of Poland and Lithuania. Kinga founded the monastery at Sandez. Pope Alexander VIII beatified Kinga in 1690. On June 16, 1999 she was canonized by Pope John Paul II. Polish: Œwiêta Kinga (Sometimes called Kunegunda, Cunegunde, Zinga, Kioga or St. Kinga (Hungarian)
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