Aquilinus of Milan
- "Saint Aquilinus" redirects here. For other saints with this name, see Aquilinus (disambiguation).
|Saint Aquilinus of Milan|
|Died||650 or 1015 AD
|Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan|
|Attributes||sword through his neck|
|Patronage||hotel porters (facchini) in Milan|
He should not be confused with another Aquilinus, who was killed during the reign of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric in 484. This 5th century Aquilinus was killed with Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus, and Tryphon. Bede writes about them. He should also not be confused with an early bishop of Cologne named Aquilinus.
He traveled to Paris, where he miraculously cured some people of the cholera. As a result, he was offered the bishopric of Paris, but this he also refused. He traveled to Pavia, where he preached against Cathars, Manichaeans, and Arians there.
He then traveled to Milan, where, according to local tradition, he was stabbed by a member of one of these sects, along with his companion Constantius (Costanzo). His body was thrown into a drain, near the Porta Ticinese. His body was found and then buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan. The Cappella di Sant'Aquilino is dedicated to him.
- Disputed. Some sources, such as http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/sainta8a.htm, give a much earlier date (650 AD) as his date of death.
- Patron Saints Index: Saint Aquilinus
- Sant' Aquilino
- Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2003), 118.
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