Let’s Shut this down: Saint Corona IS NOT THE PATRON SAINT of EPIDEMICS. Big Catholic sites have run this appealing but false piece of news. Ironically Saint Corona is the Patron Saint of rebuking supersitions involving “treasure hunting” and money. How perfect and ironic.

The dubious site “GloriaTv.tv” made the claim in a recent post and the facts just don’t hold up. It seems it was just a very successful attempt at click bait. – Saint Corona was the Patron Saint  for rebuking superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting. This weak piece of journalism did not hold back most of established Catholic media from reporting this  exciting but dubious discovery.

There is no evidence that Saint Corona is the Patron Saint of “Epidemics”

Legend from WIKIPEDIA 

Their legend states that Victor was a Roman soldier of Italian ancestry, serving in the city of Damascus in Roman Syria during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. He was tortured – including having his eyes gouged out.

While he was suffering from these tortures, the sixteen-year-old spouse of one of his brothers-in-arms, named Corona,[3] comforted and encouraged him. For this, she was arrested and interrogated. According to the passio of Corona, which is considered largely fictional, Corona was bound to two bent palm trees and torn apart as the trunks were released.

Victor was beheaded in Damascus in 160 AD.

Other sources state that they were husband and wife.[4]


Victor and Corona’s memorial day is 24 November (11 November in the Orthodox church calendar). Their feast day is 14 May. Outside the town of Feltre on the slopes of Mount Miesna is the church of SS. Vittore e Corona, erected by the Crusaders from Feltre after the First Crusade.

Corona is especially venerated in Austria and eastern Bavaria. She is invoked in connection with superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting.[5]

Otto III, around AD 1000, brought Corona’s relics to Aachen.