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Saint Christopher
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St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child, by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1485)
Martyr
Born Unknown
Canaan (Western accounts) or Marmarica (Eastern accounts)
Died c. 251
Asia Minor
Venerated in
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast
Attributes tree, branch, as a giant or ogre, carrying the Christ child, spear, shield, as a dog-headed man
Patronage athletics, bachelors, transportation (drivers, sailors, etc.), traveling (especially for long journeys), surfing, storms, Brunswick, Saint Christopher's Island (Saint Kitts), Island Rab, Vilnius, Havana, epilepsy, gardeners, toothache

Saint Christopher (Greek: Ἅγιος Χριστόφορος, Ágios Christóforos) is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman emperor Decius (reigned 249–251) or alternatively under the emperor Maximinus Daia (reigned 308–313). There appears to be confusion due to the similarity in names "Decius" and "Daia". Churches and monasteries were named after him by the 7th century.

His most famous legend tells that he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians.

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