Benno, Saint

Benno, Saint, d. 1106, German prelate. He was bishop of Meissen and an ardent supporter of Pope Gregory VII against Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, and the emperor had him deposed. He was reinstated on Gregory's death by Guibert of Ravenna (the antipope Clement III). He later shifted his allegiance to Guibert's adversary, Pope Urban II. Luther was greatly displeased at the canonization (1523) of Benno. St. Benno is a patron of Munich. Feast: June 16.

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