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Saint Braulio of Zaragoza (Saragossa) (590–651)

Saint Braulio of Zaragoza (Saragossa) (590–651)

Patron saint of Aragon, Spain

Feast day: March 26

Saint Braulio was a bright scholar who was educated at the college in Seville, Spain, which was founded by Saint Isidore. He and Isidore became good friends and they collaborated to pen the Etymologies, which was an encyclopedia of its time. Braulio succeeded his brother John as bishop of Zaragoza. Braulio was also an advisor to kings of Spain and combated Arianism.

His eyesight began to fail him in old age, putting an unwelcome stop to his studies. He is buried in La Seo Cathedral (The Cathedral of the Savior), Zaragoza. The image here shows Saint Braulio on the left and Saint Isidore of Seville on the right. Saint Braulio studied under Saint Isidore, and Saint Isidore ordained Braulio to the priesthood.

(Image in public domain)