Benedict of Alignan

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The Blessed Benedict of Alignan (died 1268) was Benedictine abbot of Nôtre Dame de la Grasse (1224) and Bishop of Marseille (1229).


Benedict twice visited Palestine (1239–1242 and 1260–1262), where he helped the Knights Templar build the great castle of Safet.[1]

Benedict founded a short-lived order, the Brothers of the Virgin, which was suppressed by the Council of Lyon (1274), and died a Franciscan. His writings include a letter to Pope Innocent IV, De constructione Castri Saphet,[1][2] and De Summa Trinitate et Fide Catholica in Decretalibus (circa 1260).


  1. ^ a b Chisholm 1911, p. 719.
  2. ^ Baluze, chapter ii.