Saint Longinus

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Saint Longinus
Born1st century
Died1st century
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Armenian Apostolic Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Major shrineInside the Basilica di San Pietro, in the Vatican.
FeastOctober 16: Eastern Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches; October 22: Armenian Apostolic Church.
AttributesMilitary attire

Longinus is the name given in medieval and modern Christian traditions to the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus in his side with a lance while he was on the Cross. The Longinus legend further identifies this soldier as the centurion present at the Crucifixion, who testified, "In truth this man was son of God." Longinus' legend grew over the years to the point that he was said to have converted to Christianity after the Crucifixion, and he is traditionally venerated as a saint in various Christian denominations.