lundi 16 mars 2015

Bienheureux JEAN SORDI CACCIAFRONTE, évêque et martyr

Bienheureux Jean Sordi Cacciafronte, évêque

Chanoine de Crémone en Italie à l'âge de quinze ans, il entre au monastère Saint-Laurent dont il deviendra l’abbé. Il exercera cette charge avec douceur. Soutenant le pape contre l'empereur Frédéric Barberousse, il fut chassé de son monastère et se retira alors dans un ermitage. Elu évêque de Mantoue puis de Vicence, il conduisit son peuple avec bonté à l'égard des pauvres et fermeté à l'égard des propriétaires usuriers. L'un d'eux le fit assassiner en 1181. La ville entière poursuivit le meurtrier et honora Jean de Sordi comme un saint, ce que confirma le pape Léon XII en 1824.


Bienheureux Jean Sordi Cacciafronte

Évêque de Vicence ( 1181)

Evêque de Vicence et confesseur. Chanoine de Crémone en Italie à l'âge de quinze ans, il entre au monastère Saint-Laurent dont il deviendra le Père Abbé. Il exercera cette charge avec douceur et amabilité. Soutenant le pape contre l'empereur Frédéric Barberousse, il fut chassé de son monastère et se retira alors dans un ermitage. Évêque de Mantoue puis de Vicence, il conduisit son peuple avec bonté à l'égard des pauvres et fermeté à l'égard des propriétaires usuriers. L'un d'eux le fit assassiner. La ville entière, irritée, poursuivit le meurtrier et honora Jean de Sordi comme un saint, ce que confirma le pape Léon XII en 1824.


À Vicence en Vénétie, l’an 1181, le bienheureux Jean de Sordi ou Cacciafronte, évêque et martyr. D’abord abbé de Saint-Laurent à Crémone, il fut exilé à cause de sa fidélité au pape; élu évêque de Mantoue, puis transféré au siège de Vicence, il fut assassiné par un individu qu’il avait excommunié pour défendre la liberté de l’Église.


Martyrologe romain


Bl. John Cacciafronte

Bishop and martyr. Born John Sordi in Cremona, he entered the Benedictines and became abbot of St. Lawrence in Creinona in 1155. When the papacy entered into its Struggle with Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, John sided with the Holy See and was banished. He retired and became a hermit near Mantua, but in 1174 was elevated to the office of bishop of Mantua after its bishop was deposed. After several years, John resigned in favor of the deposed bishop who desired to come back, and in 1177, John went to Vicenza where he was killed by a disgruntled man.



Blessed John Sordi, OSB BM (AC)

(also known as John Cacciafronte)

Born in Cremona, Italy; died in Vicenza, Italy, 1183. John joined the abbey of Saint Lawrence in Cremona and became abbot in 1155. He is described as most loyal to and gentle with his monks. He sided with the pope against the emperor Barbarossa, by whom he was banished from his abbey.


Thereafter, he was forced to live as a hermit near Mantua until, in 1174, he was raised to the episcopacy of that city upon the deposition of the incumbent by the pope. Three years later the former bishop repented and Blessed John asked permission to resign in his favor. He was transferred to Vicenza in 1177, where he was killed by a man whom he had rebuked for embezzling episcopal revenues (Benedictines).

Blessed John Sordi

Also known as
  • John Cacciafronte
  • Giovanni de Surdis Cacciafronte
  • John de Surdis
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Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint Lawrence in Cremona, Italy. Abbot in 1155. Sided with the Pope against Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, and so was banished from the abbey by the emperor. Hermit near Mantua, Italy.

Bishop of Mantua in 1174, replacing a bishop removed for transgressions in office. In 1177, his predecessor repented, returned, and requested the return of his see. John asked permission to resign, return the mitre to the previous bishop, and return to his life as a hermit. The request was granted, and John transferred to Vicenza, Italy.

John was murdered by a man who had embezzled Church funds, and whom John was reprimanding. As John died working for the Church, and correcting a sinner, he is considered a martyr.

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