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Statue of St Cornelius, France, 1801-1900

Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and that particular saints can give protection against specific illnesses. St Cornelius is called upon by those experiencing epilepsy and diseases of the ear. The statue is carved from wood with a painted decoration. He is wearing the clothes of a bishop as Cornelius (d. 253 CE) was ordained as Bishop of Rome in 251 CE.

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A75577

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Glossary:

Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.

Glossary: patron saint

A saint believed to protect or guide a place or particular group of people.

Glossary: epilepsy

A disorder of brain function characterized by seizures that occur suddenly. The seizures can be triggered by fast flashing lights, especially strobe lighting.