Bruno (bishop of Segni)

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Saint Bruno of Segni
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Bishop of Segni
Born c.1047
Solero (near Alessandria) in Lombardy
Died July 18, 1123(1123-07-18)
Segni, Italy
Honored in Roman Catholicism
Canonized 5 September 1181 by Lucius III
Feast 18 July
Patronage Segni, Italy

Saint Bruno (c. 1047 – July 18, 1123), Bishop of Segni and Abbot of Montecassino, is an Italian Catholic saint.

Born at Solero (in today’s Province of Alessandria, Piedmont) between 1045 and 1049, he was educated in a monastery near his birthplace and at Bologna, became a canon at Siena, and came to Rome in 1079. Here he came in contact with the leaders of the Church, and must have soon attracted the attention of Gregory VII, if it is true that it was at his request that he disputed with Berengar on the Eucharist. In any case he accomplished his task so well that the pope made him Bishop of Segni in the Campagna the same year.

He was even more closely connected with Urban II, whom he accompanied to France in 1095. In 1099, he entered the monastery of Monte Cassino, but without resigning his see or severing his relations with the outside world. He undertook an important mission to France for Paschal II in 1106, and remained with the pope for some time after his return, finally going back to his cloister, where he was elected abbot in 1107. Paschal made no objection to this pluralism until in the conflicts of 1111 Bruno took the part of the antipope Maginulf (Sylvester IV), and was forced to resign his abbacy and return to Segni.

Lucius III canonized him in 1181. His works are principally exegetical. His Libellus de symoniacis, written before 1109, is important for its discussion of the meaning of simony, and especially for its attitude on the sacraments of a simoniacal priest.

He died at Segni on July 18, 1123.

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