Yes, there really is a patron Saint for pandemics! And her name is Saint Corona! From Northern Italy, no less. A Limerick.

Her body is buried in Anzu;

Corona, a Saint who has fans who

really prays for her aid;

in pandemics afraid.

Fear not! But it is a bad Kung Flu!

This is really true! The Roman Catholic Church seemingly has a patron saint for everything. They even have a patron Saint for pandemics! And her name is Saint Corona! And her body is buried in the little town of Anzu, in Northern Italy, the new epicenter for the Corona virus!

Saint Corona is thought to have lived in 2nd century Syria under Roman occupation. She was only 15-years-old when she professed her Christian Faith during the persecution of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.

According to legend, Saint 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.

It is reported that Saint Corona is especially venerated in Austria and Bavaria as the patron saint against epidemics. Her mortal remains are now housed in the city of Anzu in northern Italy, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in Europe. Her feast day is May 14.

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lenbilen

Engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, and chip manufacturing. Presently adjunct faculty at PSU, teaching one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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