- Fortunatus of Casei
name= Saint Fortunatus of Casei
death_date= 286 AD
October 16(and third Sunday in October)
Roman Catholic Church
birth_place= possibly Africa
attributes=Military attire; or depicted as a bishop
Casei Gerola; Pantelleria
major_shrine= Casei Gerola
Saint Fortunatus of Casei ( _it. San Fortunato di Casei) is venerated as a
saintby the Catholic Church. Tradition makes him a member of the Theban Legion, and thus martyred at Agaunum. [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/91526 San Fortunato di Casei ] ] However, his relicswere situated in the catacombs of Saint Callixtusin Romeuntil 1746, when Cardinal Guadagni, Roman vicar to Benedict XIV, re-exhumed and displayed Fortunatus’ relics in the collegiate churchof Santa Maria in Via Latain Rome. It is unclear how the relics of Fortunatus reached Rome from the saint’s supposed place of death in the Swiss Alps.
From Santa Maria in Via Lata, Fortunatus’ relics were translated to
Casei Gerolain 1765, as a gift to the church there from the Holy See. Casei Gerola, in the province of Pavia, was an important village of the diocese of Tortona, which had close ties to the papacy. His relics were kept in an urn; Fortunatus’ skull was crushed, indicating the cause of death to be a fatal blow to the head.
Another source states that he was venerated in the catacombs of
Saint Priscillain Rome until 1600, when some of his relics were translated to Turbigo, although his relics were also claimed by Casei from 1700 onwards. [http://www.cartantica.it/pages/LegioneTebea.asp La Legione Tebea ] ] There may have been two saints with the same name of Fortunatus. Some of his relics are also claimed by the parish of Lonate Pozzolo.
He was proclaimed
patron saintof Pantelleriaafter he is believed to have aided the island through miraculous intervention during an earthquakein 1831 and a seaquakein 1891. [http://www.passitofest.it/festa_san_fortunato_pantelleria.php San Fortunato Pantelleria ] ] A procession in honor of the saint is held on October 16; a statue of the saint is carried on a boat.
*it icon [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/91526 San Fortunato di Casei]
*it icon [http://www.passitofest.it/festa_san_fortunato_pantelleria.php San Fortunato: il Santo Patrono di Pantelleria]
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