Feargal

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Feargal, or Virgilius, Saint, Bishop of Salzburg, was a learned Irishman, who arrived in France before 746. He was hospitably received by Pepin, son of Charles Martel, remained with him two years, and then proceeded to Bavaria, where he had a dispute with St. Boniface relative to baptism. He was appointed Bishop of Salzburg by Pope Stephen II., in 756. It is stated that he narrowly escaped excommunication for maintaining the sphericity of the earth. He died in 785, and was canonized by Pope Gregory in 1233. The 27th of November is the date of his festival.

Sources

119. Ecclesiastical History of Ireland: Rev. John Lanigan. 4 vols. Dublin, 1822.

339. Ware, Sir James, Works: Walter Harris. 2 vols. Dublin, 1764.

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