Holy Conrad of Bavaria ( San Corrado di Baviera in Italian) (Ratisbon, 1105 - Modugno, March 15th, 1155) is a saint of the Catholic church.

Youth

He is Italian by his grandfather Guelfo d' Azzo d' Este who became duke of Bavaria. His/her son, Henri I known as the Black, married Wilfride Billinger and thus joins together the kingdom of Sassonia to his duchy, which did of them one of the most important princes of the Germanic Roman empire. Conrad of Bavaria is the third wire of Henri I.

Conrad, not being able to claim with the succession of his/her father, turned to the ecclesiastical life and went to study at the university of Cologne.

In 1127, after the death of his two parents, it decided to leave Germany to enter to the convent cistertien of Clairvaux where was celebrates it abbot Bernard de Clairvaux. There, Conrad learned the virtues from penitence and the meditation.

Holy Land and Pouilles

At the time of the First Crusade, he asked and obtained to be able to undertake length and tiring voyage in Palestine where there were to remain a few years with the hermitage of San Guglielmo.

On its Holy Land return, it decided to stop in Pouilles. The reasons of its return in Europe, even if they are not known, can be explained, either by health issues, or by the will to go in pilgrimage to the Basilica San Nicola de Bari or with Monte Sant' Angelo. It stopped at the hospital of Cross in Molfetta and it is there that it would have learned disgrace from its family: new prince de Bavière and of Sassona, his brother Henri IV known as the Superb one, had decided to give up politque fidelity in the States of the Church which had always been that of its family and had lined up at the sides of the emperor Lothaire III of the Saint Worsens by accompanying it in 1137 in his invasion by Italy. The negative exit of this countryside involved the loss of the goods of Henri IV and its exile.

It is certainly after these events that Conrad decided not to turn over to Chiaravalle but to make retirement, in 1139, in the small quasi unknown Benedictine abbey of Modugno. He dies in this place of meditation and penitence in 1155 at the 50 years age.

Veneration of the saint

The body of the saint is, initially, in the abbey which became place of pilgrimage for the faithful ones of the saint, much of netre them being originating in Molfetta which accommodated the saint on his arrival in Pouilles. When, in 1313, the abbey is taken by Robert of Angers and is left in ruin, the molfettains decided to transport the body of the saint in their city. The date of this translation, on February 9th, is celebrated every year by the molfettains. Initially, the body is placed in a crypt of Duomo de Molfetta which is dedicated to San Corrado. Thereafter, because of moisture in the crypt, the relics are put in a vault, built for this use, inside Duomo. July 10th, 1785, the bones of the saint are placed in the new cathedral: the coprs is placed under the furnace bridge which is dedicated to him and the cranium is enchased inside a money bust. The employers' festival takes place on this date. Still today, some molfettainsvont in pilgrimage with Modugno where the saint lived his last years. With modugno, a relic of the saint is in the church Santissima Annunziata.

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