St Virgilius of Salzburg

(d. 784) bishop of Salzburg

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‘Apostle of Carinthia’. A learned Irishman, he went to the Continent in 743 and for some years governed the diocese of Salzburg without becoming bishop. St Boniface, who disapproved of this arrangement, in 748 accused him to Pope Zacharias for heretical views about the spherical shape of the earth and the existence of the antipodes. Virgilius was, however, consecrated to the see of Salzburg in 755 or 767. He secured the conversion of the Alpine Slavs and in 774 dedicated the first cathedral at Salzburg. Feast day, 27 Nov.

Subjects: Christianity.

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