Andre Oexner of Rinn



Orphaned at age two, Andrew was given to his uncle Mayer to raise. Soon afterward the child was found dead, hanging from a tree, covered in knife wounds. Mayer was arrested for the murder. He claimed he had sold the toddler to Jewish peddlers, and was judged insane.

In 1475 a group of Jews near Trent, Italy, admitted, under torture, that they had killed a Christian boy due to their hatred of the faith. The people of Rinn believed they had also killed Andrew. They declared him a martyr, his place of death was made into a shrine, and miracles began to be reported.

The poor boy was one of a number of children who have been murdered, and whose deaths were unjustly pinned on Jews, often with horror stories about cannibalism.




  • Pope Benedict XIV permitted local devotion
  • several efforts were put forth to widen the devotion and to canonize Andrew, but Benedict XIV ordered that they not be considered or approved
  • in 1953 Bishop Paul Rusch removed the memorial from the local calendar
  • in 1961 Pope John XXIII decreed an end to the cultus
  • relics removed from public veneration in 1985
  • in 1989 the church named for Andre re-named in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a frescoe of Andrew being murdeed by Jews covered with a new painting of Jesus meeting the children
  • in 1994 the cultus was officially abolished by Bishop Reinhold Stecher of Innsbruck, Austria
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Andre Oexner of Rinn“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 July 2015. Web. 20 February 2019. <>