Natalis (bishop of Milan)

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Natalis
Archbishop of Milan
Church Catholic Church
Appointed c. 746
Term ended c. 747
Predecessor Theodorus II
Successor Arifred
Sainthood
Feast day May 13
Venerated in Catholic Church

Natalis (Latin: Natalis, Italian: Natale) was Archbishop of Milan in the mid-8th century. He is honoured as a saint in the Catholic Church and his feast day is May 13.

Life[edit]

Natalis was in office as archbishop from 746 to 747,[1] but also the years 750 to 751[2] or 740 to 741 are proposed by scholars.

Almost nothing is known about the life and the episcopate of Natalis. The main source of information about his episcopate was a gravestone which was placed in the church of San Giorgio al Palazzo in Milan and which was still extant in the 16th century. From the copies of such gravestone it is known that Natalis governed the church of Milan for fourteen months, that he died at 72 and that he founded the church of San Giorgio, having obtained a donation, probably from Ratchis, king of the Lombards.[1]

Other traditional information about his life, such as his surname Marinoni and his scholarship in Latin and Hebraic, have no historical basis.[2]

Natalis was buried in the nave of the church of San Giorgio al Palazzo. His relics were translated into the main altar of the same church in the 18th century by archbishop Giuseppe Pozzobonelli, and are still venerated there.[2] His feast day is May 13 in the Roman Rite and May 9 in the Ambrosian Rite.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cazzani, Eugenio (1996). Vescovi e arcivescovi di Milano (in Italian). Milano: Massimo. pp. 60–61. ISBN 88-7030-891-X. 
  2. ^ a b c Colombo, Giulio (1990). "Natale, santo". Dizionario della Chiesa Ambrosiana (in Italian). 4. Milano: NED. p. 2440–2441. ISBN 88-7023-102-X. 
  3. ^ Magnoli, Claudio, ed. (2010). Celebrazioni dei santi. Messale ambrosiano quotidiano (in Italian). 4. Milano: Centro Ambrosiano. p. 326. ISBN 978-88-8025-763-9.