Pierre de Luxembourg

Peter of Luxembourg (* July 20, 1369 in Ligny -en- Barrois, † July 2, 1387 in Villeneuve- lès -Avignon ) was a French cardinal and bishop of Metz. He was beatified in 1527 by Pope Clement VII and is now one of the city's patron saints of Avignon. His Catholic feast day is July 2nd.


Peter was the son of Guy of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny -en- Barrois and Matilda of Châtillon, Countess of Saint- Pol. After quite early loss of his parents, he moved his aunt Johanna, Countess of Orgières on. In 1377 he began his studies at the Collège de Navarre in Paris. 1378 he was a canon in Paris and 1381 in Cambrai canons.

With only fourteen years antipope Clement VII appointed him in 1384 with the support of Metz clergy to the bishop of Metz. Emperor Wenceslas IV, followers of Pope Urban VI. , Sat down in return for the candidate Tilmann Vuss of Bettemburg a. The conflict over the occupation of the episcopal chair resulted in the cities of Metz, Thionville Boulay and violent clashes in which it was not possible Tilmann, to assert his claims on episcopacy asserted.

Meanwhile, a cardinal, the Pope in 1386 called him to Avignon, where Peter died on July 2, 1387 ten months later. His funeral took place in the cemetery of Saint- Michel. The first attempt for the canonization at the Council of Basel from 1431 to 1449 was unsuccessful. The beatification of Peter of Luxembourg only took place on April 9, 1527 by Pope Clement VII