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4 Church, State, and Sainthood: Francesco Querini and the Miracle with the Demoniac

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In the days of Francesco Querini, patriarch of Grado, there was a demoniac in Venice. Querini was well known as a pious and saintly person, and the possessed man's relatives asked him to exorcise the wretch, hoping he could successfully expel the demon. The patriarch responded that he did not have such powers, but perhaps the True Cross at San Giovanni could do it. The relic was promptly brought over to the patriarchal see. Armed with it, Querini duly liberated the demoniac. The highly public miracle cemented the Cross's reputation. The account of the exorcism he performed on the demoniac through the Cross, may well have been compiled at some point between March 1370 and his death in 1372 as part of the dossier prepared to testify to his sainthood, and was later included or redacted for the miracles collection.

Keywords: demoniac in Venice; Francesco Querini; Grado; San Giovanni; True Cross



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