Saint Restituta of Corsica

detail of a 13th century frescoe depicting the martyrdom of Saint Restituta of Corsica and others; exact date and artist uknown; chapel of Saint Resituta, Calenzana, Corsica, France; photographed on 14 May 2008 by Jean-Pol Grandmont; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Restitude
  • Restitute
  • Ristituta

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We have two stories about this martyr, one medieval with limited information, the second later in composition, and much more colourful.

The oldest sources say that Restituta fled persecution in north Africa with five male companions (possibly the Martyrs of Noli). She evangelized the Balagne region of Corsica, and was martyred by Roman authorities during one of the imperial persecutions (dates vary).

The later documents say that she was born to a pagan family with ties to the imperial Roman army, converted to Christianity as a girl and was soon denounced to antiChristian local authorities. She was beaten and stoned to get her to renounce Christianity. When she refused, she was thrown into a fire, but would not burn. She was then beaten with iron combs, but her wounds bled milk. These miracles converted several of the soldiers who were guarding and torturing her. She was then taken out to sea and thrown in to drown, but a chunk of cork floated her back to shore while the pagans on the boat were drowned. Her tormentors finally gave up on these slow, torturous methods of murder, and beheaded her with several other stubborn Christians. These martyrs then picked up the severed heads and walked to the place where the first chapel of Saint Restituta was built.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Restituta of Corsica“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 May 2016. Web. 10 December 2016. <>