Turibius of Astorga

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Saint Turibius of Astorga (Spanish: Santo Toribio de Astorga; fl. 446, died 460) was an archdeacon of Tui and an early Bishop of Astorga. Turibius was a zealous maintainer of ecclesiastical discipline, and defender of the Nicene Christianity against the Galician heresy of Priscillianism,[1] for which he received a supportive letter from Leo the Great, which still survives.[2][3]

Turibius held a local synod in 446. After his death at Astorga in 460 he was revered as a saint. According to tradition, his relics, along with a piece of the lignum crucis, were transferred to the Monastery of Liébana around the middle of the eighth century.[4] His feast day is April 16 in the Roman Catholic Church. He is usually portrayed with a mitre and is not to be confused with Turibius of Liébana.


  1. ^ Alonso del Val, José Maria (2000). "Santo Toribio, Obispo" (in Spanish). El Diario Montanes. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  2. ^ Pope Leo I (1881). "Epistula 15: Ad Turibium Asturiensem episcopum de priscillianistarum erronibus". In J.-P. Migne. Patrologiae cursus completus. Series Latina (in Latin). 54. Garnier Frères. pp. 693–695.
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Kirsch, J.P. (1913). "Pope St. Leo I (the Great)". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Official website of the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-12-31.


  • Butler, Alban (1861). "St. Turibius, Bishop of Astorga". In John Murphy. The lives of the fathers, martyrs, and other principal saints. IV. ISBN 0-559-17704-6.
  • Fleury, Claude (1844). John Henry Newman, ed. The Ecclesiastical History of M. L'abbé Fleury: From A.D. 429 to A.D. 456. Oxford: J.H. Parker.
  • Walsh, John (1992). Relic and Literature: St Toribius of Astorga and his arca sancta. St Albans: David Hook. ISBN 978-0-9517564-1-6.
  • González García, Miguel Ángel (1993). "Iconografía De Santo Toribio De Astorga. Geografía Y Fuentes". Cuadernos De Arte e Iconografia. 4 (11). Archived from the original on 2008-06-16.

External links

  • Catholic Online: Turibius of Astorga
  • Año Jubilar Lebaniego: Santo Toribio, Obispo
  • Santo Toribio de Astorga, aproximación a una biografía

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