Quirinus of Neuss

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Quirinus of Neuss (German: Quirin, Quirinus), sometimes called Quirinus of Rome (which is the name shared by another martyr) is venerated as a martyr and saint of the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. His cult was centered at Neuss in Germany, though he was a Roman martyr.

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Saint Quirinus of Neuss
Saint Quirinus and Saint Balbina
Died30 March 116
Rome, Italy
Venerated inCatholic Church,
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineNeuss
FeastApril 30
Attributesmilitary attire; knight with lance, sword, hawk; banner or sign with nine balls[1]
PatronageNeuss; Correggio, Italy; invoked against the bubonic plague, smallpox, and gout; afflictions associated with the legs, feet, ears; paralysis; ulcers; Goiter; skin conditions; diseases affecting cattle and horses;[2] patron saint of animals;[3] patron saint of knights, soldiers, and horsemen[4]

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, a Roman martyr named Quirinus was buried in the Catacomb of Prætextatus on the Via Appia. The Martyrologium Hieronymianum (ed. De Rossi-Duchesne, 52) mentions Quirinus' name and place of burial. The Itineraries to the graves of the Roman martyrs (Giovanni Battista De Rossi, "Roma sotterranea", I, 180–1) also mention these two pieces of information.[5]

The Martyrologium Hieronymianum assigns him under the feast day of April 30, the date that appears in the catalogue of Roman martyrs of the 4th century.[5]