New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed James of Viraggio


Archbishop of Genoa, born Viraggio (now Varezze), near Genoa, Italy, c.1230; died Genoa, Italy, 1298. He became a Dominican in 1244 and his reputation for piety, learning, and zeal in the care of souls spread rapidly. After several attempts to evade the episcopal dignity, he was elected to the archepiscopal See of Genoa, 1292, his episcopate falling in the period of dissension between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, whom he sought in vain to reconcile. He is the author of a collection of legendary lives of the saints, entitled the Golden Legend. His works also include a chronicle of Genoa, a collection of 307 sermons, and a defense of the Dominican Order. Beatified, 1816. Relics in San Maria di Castello, Genoa. Feast, 13 July.

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed James of Viraggio”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 December 2010. Web. 12 June 2021. <>