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Patrick, Saint
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Patrick is known as the apostle of Ireland. Information about his life and work is uncertain, not least because he was confused early on with the Celtic bishop Palladius. The beginning of his mission has been dated between 432 and 460, his death between 461 and 491. His personal writings, the Confessio and Epistola miltibus Corotici, are considered genuine. From them we learn that Patrick, a Briton, was carried off to Ireland by pirates when he was about 15. After six years he succeeded in escaping to Britain. A vision inspired him to return to the Irish to preach t…

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Padberg, Lutz E. v., “Patrick, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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