Benvenutus Scotivoli

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Saint Bishop
Benvenutus Scotivoli
Bishop of Osimo
Church Roman Catholic Church
Diocese Osimo
See Osimo
Appointed 13 March 1264
Term ended 22 March 1283
Predecessor Rinaldo
Successor Bernardo de' Berardi
Consecration 1264
Rank Bishop
Personal details
Birth name Benvenutus Scotivoli
Born ???
Ancona, Papal States
Died 22 March 1282
Osimo, Papal States
Feast day 22 March
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized 1284
Old Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States
by Pope Martin IV
  • Episcopal attire
  • Pastoral staff
Patronage Osimo

Saint Benvenutus Scotivoli (died 22 March 1284) was an Italian Roman Catholic and the Bishop of Osimo.[1] Pope Martin IV canonized him in 1284.[2][3]


Benvenutus Scotivoli was born sometime in the 1200s in Ancona.[4]

Scotivoli studied at the Bologna college there and studied jurisprudence with Saint Silvestro Gozzolini at which point he was ordained to the priesthood when he returned to his hometown.[2] He was made the archdeacon of Ancona and later its apostolic administrator on 1 August 1263 before Pope Urban IV appointed him as the Bishop of Osimo on 13 March 1264. Scotivoli ordained Saint Nicholas of Tolentino to the priesthood in 1269.[3]

On 15 January 1270 he ordered the San Fiorenzo convent in Posciavalle to sell all of its assets while a diocesan synod on 7 February 1273 saw him ban the sale of all church property.[4] Scotivoli - on 24 February 1274 - rescinded the excommunication of Ripatransone on the orders of Pope Gregory X that the Bishop of Fermo had instituted previously.[3]

He died on 22 March 1284 and was buried in the Osimo Cathedral though his remains were moved down to the crypt in July 1590.[2] Pope Martin IV canonized him in 1284 and he has been the patron saint of Osimo since 1755 when the civic authorities recognized him as such. Inspection of his tomb revealed a dark capuche sewn to a lambskin and it led to the biographer Jean Baldi asserting that Scotivoli was a Franciscan which became an accepted proposition. But in 1765 the Osimo priest Pannelli contended he was not a Franciscan but the saint is still recognized on the Franciscan calendar.[2]


  1. ^ "St. Benvenutus Scotivoli". Catholic Online. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Benvenutus Scotivoli, St.". 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Saint Benvenuto Scotivoli". Santi e Beati. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Bl. Benvenute Scotivoli of Osimo". Steven Wood. Retrieved 12 October 2016.