New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Longinus

detail of the statue 'Saint Longinus the Centurian'; by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1631-1638; Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; photographed on 23 October 2008; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr, died Cappadocia, 1st century. He was the soldier who pierced the side of Christ with his lance, and when the earthquake came he professed the Divinity of Christ. After his conversion, he returned to Cappadocia, where he was put to death by order of Pontius Pilate. The Italian legend, confusing him with Longinus the centurion, states that he brought a relic of the Precious Blood to Mantua, and preached the Gospel there. Represented in arms, standing at the foot of the cross. His relics were preserved in the church of Saint Augustine, Rome. Feast, 15 March.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Longinus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2016. Web. 8 March 2021. <>