Location on South Colonnade

125. St. Charles Borromeo
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Colonnade - Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
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The History

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St. Charles Borromeo
Born - 2 October 1538
Died - 3 November 1584

Feastday - 4 November
Canonized - 1 November 1610 by Pope Paul V

Statue created - c.1671
This statue is part of a group of 16 that were installed between August 1670 and March 1673.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
This statue is cited along with St Philip Benizi (123) and St Anthony of Padua (126) in the final payments to Morelli in October and November 1671.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is in priestly garb represented in the act of devotion to the crucifix. Compared to St Philip Neri (124) and St Anthony of Padua (126), this figure denotes a certain immobility due to facial expression.

St Charles Borromeo was created cardinal and commendatory archbishop of Milan in 1560 by his uncle Pope Pius IV, when aged only twenty and still a layman. Commendatory meant that he received the episcopal revenues without having to perform any episcopal duties. This affected his conscience, so he had himself secretly ordained and consecrated as a bishop in 1563. He became one of the great reformers during the Counter-Reformation.


Saints on South Colonnade

125. Charles Borromeo

124. Philip Neri

123. Philip Benizi

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade

127. Francis of Paola

126. Anthony of Padua

125. Charles Borromeo


The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore


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