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Feastday: September 8
Patron of Freising, Germany; archdiocese of Munich, Germany
Birth: 670
Death: 730

A bishop ordained by Poe St. Gregory II, an evangelist to Germany. Born in 670, Corbinian, a Frank, lived as a hermit for fourteen years. While going to Rome, he was sent by the pope to Friesling, in Bavaria, Germany, as a bishop. There he denounced the incestuous marriage of the local duke, Grimoald, to his brother's widow. Grimoald persecuted him in return. The duchess tried to kill him, and he fled. His symbol is the bear, because when a bear killed his pack horse, Corbinian made it carry his load.


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