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Patron Saints

In the words of Mike Wagstaffe, webmaster and eagle–eyed post–match question assessor of Stockport Quiz League, "'Who is the patron saint of...' style questions are probably best avoided as they nearly always have umpteen possible answers."

I probably wouldn't go as far as Mike, but I am with him in principle. I think you can probably get away with it in the case of countries and cities – these tend to have official nominees, or none at all – but you're on less solid ground if you ask about the patron saints of occupations, hobbyists etc. As an example, Mike lists no fewer than seventeen candidates for the title of patron saint of students, adding "No doubt there are more."

I think most of the ones listed here are fairly safe, but note that in many cases there is more than one possible answer if you want to look hard enough. I've stuck to the most obvious (best–known, or best–documented) answers – these, I think, are the ones to go for if asked questions on this topic.

Places

Europe

Pope Paul II declared six patron saints of Europe: the first three (all male) in 1980 and the second three (all female) in 1999.  They are:

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Countries

Bohemia, Czech Republic (and Prague) Click to show or hide the answer
France Click to show or hide the answer
Germany (born Crediton, Devon, c. 672; propagated Christianity in the Frankish Empire) Click to show or hide the answer
Greece Click to show or hide the answer
Hungary Click to show or hide the answer
Portugal Click to show or hide the answer
Russia Click to show or hide the answer
Spain Click to show or hide the answer

Regarded as the patron saint of England, from the reign of Henry II (1133–89), until 1348 when he was replaced by St. George Click to show or hide the answer

Cities

Glasgow Click to show or hide the answer
Paris Click to show or hide the answer
Venice Click to show or hide the answer

Occupations (etc.)

Artists, physicians (doctors), brewers, butchers Click to show or hide the answer
The blind and partially sighted Click to show or hide the answer
Bricklayers Click to show or hide the answer
Children Click to show or hide the answer
Cripples and lepers Click to show or hide the answer
Dance Click to show or hide the answer
Fishermen Click to show or hide the answer
Funeral directors (undertakers) Click to show or hide the answer
Goldsmiths Click to show or hide the answer
Housewives Click to show or hide the answer
Huntsmen Click to show or hide the answer
Lost causes Click to show or hide the answer
Lost things (invoked to help find them) Click to show or hide the answer
Mountaineers Click to show or hide the answer
Music, singers, poets Click to show or hide the answer
Reformed drunkards and innkeepers Click to show or hide the answer
Policemen, grocers, paratroopers Click to show or hide the answer
Politicians, statesmen, lawyers Click to show or hide the answer
Radio Click to show or hide the answer
Sailors, merchants, archers (and children) Click to show or hide the answer
Schoolteachers Click to show or hide the answer
Shoemakers Click to show or hide the answer
Spinsters Click to show or hide the answer
Tax collectors (he was one) Click to show or hide the answer
Television Click to show or hide the answer
Thieves, merchants, pawnbrokers Click to show or hide the answer
Travellers Click to show or hide the answer

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