Simeon of Mantua
|Saint Simeon of Mantua|
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
|Beatified||1024 by Pope Benedict VIII|
|Canonized||1049 by Pope Leo IX|
Simeon of Mantua (9??–1016) was a Benedictine monk of Armenian origin who was canonized as a saint in the late 11th century.
Little is known of Simeon's early life, but at some time he left his homeland and spent some years living as a hermit in Palestine. After this, he is known to have visited Rome, where his exoticism led to his harassment by a Roman mob. Papal intervention calmed this situation. In the following period Simeon traveled across Italy, France, and Spain before returning to northern Italy, joining a Benedictine monastery at Mantua, where he became known for his kindness and generosity. He died in Mantua in 1016.
His tomb was a reported cite of numerous miracles, which contributed to his canonization in the latter 11th century. A local noble, Marchese Bonifacio III of Montferrat (not to be confused with either Pope Boniface III or the famous Boniface of Montferrat), later rebuilt a local church and dedicated it in Simeon's honor.
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- Benedictine Monks of st Augustines Abbey Ramsgate. Book of the Saints. A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2003, p. 245
- Visual Italy: San Benedetto Po, Abbazia di Polirone, http://www.visual-italy.it/EN/lombardia/mantova/san-benedetto-po/abbazia-polirone/
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