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Bertulf of Bobbio, St.


Benedictine abbot; d. Aug. 19, 640. A member of a prominent pagan Frankish family, Bertulf was converted to Christianity by arnulf of metz, a near relative, and became a monk at Luxeuil under Abbot eustace (620). A few years later he accompanied Abbot Attala to Bobbio and succeeded him as abbot there (627). In 628 a conflict with the bishop of Tortona over jurisdiction took him to Rome to discuss the matter with honorius i, who, in the first known instance of this procedure, granted Bobbio complete exemption from episcopal jurisdiction. The account of this mission is found in the life of Bertulf written (642) by jonas of bobbio, who accompanied Bertulf to Rome.

Feast: Aug. 19.

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