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Remigius, St

Remigius, St (d. 533), bishop, of Gaulish parentage, who became known as the Apostle of the Franks; he baptized Clovis, king of the Franks, whose queen Clotild was a Christian.

Remigius, who died at Reims on 13 January, was later said to have had the power of touching for the king's evil; this ability supposedly passed from him to Clovis, and was later claimed by Edward the Confessor and the Norman kings of England. It was also said that a miraculous dove had brought the chrism for the baptism of Clovis; until the Revolution, what was left of this, known as the la sainte ampoule, was kept in Reims Cathedral. His feast day is 13 January; his translation is celebrated on 1 October.

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