“It’s incredible but it’s seemingly true – there is a Saint Corona and she is one of the patrons of pandemics,” according to the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Even more incredible, the diocese claims, the remains of the second-century saint are in northern Italy, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe.”
Sadly this is not her story.. Not so fast, tweeted Candida Moss, the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, U.K. “You have people praying to the patron saint of treasure hunters, which seems to be against CDC guidelines,” Moss told Religion News Service.
In the earliest version of St. Corona’s story, written by a fourth-century deacon in Antioch, St. Corona publicly confessed her faith and comforted St. Victor, a Roman soldier, as he was being tortured and killed for his Christian faith. Afterward, she, too, was martyred — tied between two palm trees that had been bent to the ground and torn apart when the trees were allowed to snap back to full height. She’s not the patron saint of pandemics or infectious diseases, according to Moss. Should St. Corona be associated with any healing miracles during the current coronavirus pandemic, her new patronage just may stick. “I prefer they didn’t, but if enough people decided St. Corona was the patron saint of the coronavirus, she’s just going to become that,” Moss said. By popular acclaim of the internet, she already may be on her way.
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