In Anzù, Northern Italy, the hotbed of the coronavirus in Europe, is a basilica where the relics of Saint Victor and Saint Corona are being preserved since the 9th century.
Saint Corona was only fifteen when she professed her Christian Faith during the persecution of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius around 165.
Corona was arrested and tied by her feet to the tops of two palm trees which were bent to the ground. When the palms were let loose she was torn apart. According to the Roman Martyrology, this happened in Syria.
Saint Corona is especially venerated in Austria and Bavaria as the Patron Saint against epidemics.
Her feast day is May 14.
Link- St Corona the Martyr
As the world finds itself in the grip of the global Covid-19 Pandemic, many people are discovering and turning to a little known 2nd-Century Catholic Saint named Saint Corona.
During the Middle Ages, she was often invoked by treasure hunters, likely due to her name, which means “Crown”, as coins of the time would often feature the crown of the ruler who issues them.
Saint Corona’s feast day, along with Saint Victor, is May 14th.