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Bl. Thiemo

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Feastday: September 28
Patron: of Sculptors, engravers
Death: 1102

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Benedictine bishop and martyr, also cal led Theodinarus. A member of the family of the counts of Meglin, Bavaria, Germany, he entered the Benedictines at Niederltaich and soon acquired fame for his skill as a painter, metalworker, and sculptor. He was elected abbot of St. Peter's, Salzburg, in 1077 and appointed archbishop of Salzburg, Austria, in 1090. His office brought him into conflict with the German King Henry IV (r. 1056-1106) during the Investiture Controversy and, as Thiemo sided with Pope St. Gregory VII (r.1073-1085) in the struggle, Henry exiled him. Journeying to Palestine to aid the crusading movement, he was captured by the Muslims and imprisoned at Ascalon (modern Israel). Tortured for a long time, he was finally killed for refusing to abjure the faith.

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