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Saint Catald of Taranto (a.k.a. Cataldus, Cathaluds, Cathaldus, Cat(t)aldo, Cathal), Irish monk, fl. 7th century.[2]

Saint Catald
Desciption- Statue of St. Cataldo bishop (Taranto) (Taranto).jpg
Statue of Saint Catald at Taranto.
Born7th century [1]
Venerated inTarento, Ireland
CanonizedAbout 685 (Pre-congregation)
Major shrineLismore, County Waterford, Taranto
Feast10 May
PatronageInvoked for protection from plagues, droughts and storms



His monastery was in Lismore, County Waterford but his apparent desire for a life of solitude saw him venture off to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage.

Chapel at San Cataldo

On his return home his ship was wrecked off the Italian coast, near the city of Taranto. The people here appear to have encouraged the monk to become their bishop, and he rose to become their archbishop. Some of the miracles claimed in Catald's name include protecting the city against the plague and floods that, apparently, had occurred in neighbouring areas.

When his coffin was reopened it allegedly contained a golden Celtic cross and a stick carved from Irish oak featuring Celtic design which was to become Catald's emblem.


The Italian towns of San Cataldo (there is such a town in Sicily, and a modern sea resort in the Apulian Province of Lecce) are believed to have been named in his honour, and his feast day is 10 May.

Saint Cathal was the patron of the Sicilian Normans.[3]

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  3. ^ Jerome Murphy-O'Connor (2008). The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. Oxford Archaeological Guides. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-923666-4. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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