About Today

Saint Henry II by Hans Bär (died 1611) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

July 13

Saint Henry

Optional Memorial

St. Henry II lived from 972-1024. He was King of Germany and Italy and crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the last in the Ottonian (Saxon) dynasty. His education was steeped in ecclesiastical matters, giving him a compassionate heart for the Church and the common people. He felt a heavy responsibility for the good of the Church, which led him to involve himself in Church appointments in a way that later 11th century reformers would reject. He and his wife Kunegunda were very generous to the poor and to monasteries. He founded a cathedral and monastery in Bamberg. St. Henry was canonized in 1146/1152, the only German king to be venerated to sainthood. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Henry II.”
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