Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saint Charles Borromeo

This is what Saint Charles really looked like:

As compared to the typically seen version:

I see no similarities between these two pictures: =D

--Saint Charles Borromeo was the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal-Priest of the Title of St. Prassede, Papal Secretary of State under Pius IV. He was born in the Castle of Arona, a town on the southern shore of the Lago Maggiore in northern Italy, on October 2, 1538; and died at Milan, on the 3rd of November, 1584. His emblem is the word humilitas crowned, which is a portion of the Borromeo shield. He is usually represented in art in his cardinal's robes, barefoot, carrying the cross as archbishop; a rope round his neck, one hand raised in blessing, thus recalling his work during the plague. His feast is on 4 November.

If you want to know more, Catholic Encyclopedia has a whole bunch of information that I don't have posted on here. You can go to their link: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03619a.htm