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St. Arthelais

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Feastday: March 3
Patron: of Benevento; kidnap victims, illness, people in exile, sick people, sickness
Birth: 544
Death: 560

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Virgin and patron of Benevento, Italy. She is recorded as having fled Constantinople, to escape the attentions of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Arthelais was the daughter of Proconsul Lucius and his wife, Anthusa. When Arthelais fled from the emperor, she went to her uncle, Narses, in Benevento. Tradition states that the entire population of the city welcomed her. Arthelais died at the age of sixteen.

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