Saint of the Day – 11 March – Saint Benedict Crispus of Milan (Died 725) Archbishop of Milan from c 685 to c 725 when he died of natural causes.
It is believed that he belonged to the aristocratic Milanese Crispi family. Among the little information about his life, it is known that he wrote the epitaph for Caedwalla, the king of Wessex who was buried in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
To Benedict was due the construction of a church and a monastery in Milan, of which no trace remains.
A poem written about ten years after his death, De laudibus Mediolani- In Praise of Milan, praises him and remembers his veneration by the entire land and informs us that he was buried in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose. His feast day is 11 March in the Roman Rite and 6 September in the Ambrosian Rite.
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