St. Epiphanius of Pavia, Jan. 21

January 21 is the feast day of St. Epiphanius of Pavia, “the peacemaker.” Elected bishop of Pavia in 467, he rebuilt the city of Pavia after it was destroyed by Odoacer and was famed for his sanctity. He converted many by his words, he gave aid tot those stricken by the famine, and he made many missions to promote peace. He went to such varied rulers as Emperor Anthemius, Visigothic king Euric, Ostrogothic king Theodoric, and the Burgundian ruler Gondebald. His success in preventing strife won him the title of “The Peacemaker.”

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