St Heribert of Cologne; St Abban, Abbot and Irish Missionary; St Abraham Kidunaia; St Julian of Antioch
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St Heribert of Cologne
Archbishop of Cologne; born at Worms, c. 970; died at Cologne, 16 March,
1021. His father was Duke Hugo of Worms. After receiving his education at the cathedral school of
Worms, he spent some time as guest at the monastery of Gorze, after which he became provost at the
cathedral of Worms. In 994 he was ordained priest; in the same year King Otto III appointed him
chancellor for Italy and four years later also for Germany, a position which he held until the death
of Otto III on 23 January, 1002. As chancellor he was the most influential adviser of Otto III, whom
he accompanied to Rome in 906 and again in 997.
He was still in Italy when, in 999,
he was elected Archbishop of Cologne. At Benevento he received ecclesiastical investiture and the
pallium from Pope Sylvester II on 9 July, 999, and on the following Christmas Day he was consecrated
at Cologne. In 1002 he was present at the death-bed of the youthful emperor at Paterno. While
returning to Germany with the emperor's remains and the imperial insignia, he was held captive for
some time by the future King Henry II, whose candidacy he first opposed. As soon as Henry II was
elected king, on 7 June, 1002, Heribert acknowledged him as such, accompanied him to Rome in 1004,
mediated between him and the House of Luxemburg, and served him faithfully in many other ways; but
he never won his entire confidence until the year 1021, when the king saw his mistake and humbly
begged pardon on the archbishop. Heribert founded and richly endowed the Benedictine monastery and
church of Deutz, where he lies buried. He was already honoured as a saint during his lifetime.
Between 1073 and 1075 he was canonized by Pope Gregory VII. His feast is celebrated on 16
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