April 11, 2022

Today’s saint of the day is Marolus, an early historical figure of the Catholic church. Born in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), Marolus served as archbishop of Milan between the years 408 and 423. He is recognized as a saint in the catholic church and is celebrated each year on the anniversary of his death, April 23. 

This is referred to as his feast day. Prior to his role as archbishop, it is speculated that Marolus experienced a difficult life. Sometime around the year 380, Marolus decided to flee the harsh religious policies of Sapor II in his homeland and headed for Syria. Later, Marolus picked up and moved to Rome. While in Rome, he befriended Pope Innocent I, who served as Pope from the year 401 until he passed away in 417. 

During Marolus’ time as archbishop of Milan, there was an invasion of Italy conducted by the Visigoth people. Marolus played a large role in helping the victims of the invasion. Marolus also founded a church in Milan. The church was called Basilica Concilia Sanctorum, also known as the church of San Romano. 

The church lasted until the 19th century, and today, the San Babila church stands on the same site and is regarded as one of the most important churches in the area. Marolus died in the year 423; his final resting place was the Church of Saint Nazarius and Celsus.


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