Saint Contardo of Este
|Saint Contardo of Este|
Saint Peter Minor Basilica, Broni
|Prince of Ferrara|
|Died||April 16, 1249
|Canonized||1609 by Pope Paul V|
|Major shrine||Saint Peter Minor Basilica, Broni|
|Attributes||clothed as a pilgrim heading to Santiago of Compostella, sometimes with a scepter and crown at his feet.|
|Patronage||Broni, House of Este, Order of the Eagle of Este|
He renounced to his wealth and position of crown prince of Ferrara to become a simple "God's man" and started on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
He fell ill in Broni (Province of Pavia, Lombardy, Italy) and died there. His body was first buried on the hill where he died. Miracles were reported on his grave : severely sick people were cured.
His cult was approved in 1609 by Pope Paul V (papacy 1605-1621) on the request of Claudio Rangoni (it), bishop of Piacenza (1596-1619), native of Modena, and indulgences were linked to it by Pope Urban VIII (papacy 1623-1644) 
He is patron to :
- the city of Broni
- the House of Este
- the Order of the Eagle of Este. Saint Contardo is feathured on the decoration of the Order.
He is co-patron of :