Petronius (St) of Bologna

Petronius (St.) Of Bologna a Roman Catholic prelate sainted for his piety, flourished in the first half of the 5th century. He was a Roman by birth, and descended of a noble family. He early entered the service of the Church, and soon rose to positions of influence and distinction. He finally became bishop of Bologna, and distinguished himself by banishing the Arians from that city. He died A.D. 430. In the paintings of the Romish saints he is represented in episcopal robes, with mitre and crosier. He has a thick black beard in an ancient representation, but generally is without it. His attribute is a model of Bologna, which he holds in his hand. His pictures are confined to Bologna; and there is in that city a beautifll church dedicated to his memory.

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