Guntramnus of Burgundy, Quirinus of Neuss and Balbina of Rome - responses

Date of news: 29 March 2016

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On the left we see Guntramnus, king of Burgundy (feast day 28 March). He divorced his wife and had his physician executed, the latter of which he regretted for the rest of his life. By making large donations to cities and convents, the ‘good king’ ensured he was declared a saint right after he died. Standing on the right is Quirinus of Neuss (feast day 30 March). He was charged with guarding Pope Alexander I, who converted him to the Christian faith. He was baptised together with his daughter Balbina, who is depicted in the middle. Quirinus was decapitated during the reign of Hadrian and was buried in the catacombs of Praetextatus. He was mostly worshipped in the Rhineland, as his relics were gifted to an abby in Neuss in 1050. His daughter Balbina remained a virgin and became a martyr (feast day 31 March).