Ján Nepomucký, priest, martyr
Holiday: March 20; in German-speaking countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia: 16 May
* around 1345 Pomuk near Pilsen, today Nepomuk † March 20, 1393 Prague
Attributes: on the bridge, finger on the mouth, cross
Patron of Bohemia; confessors, priests, sailors, rafters, millers; before the flood, diseases of the tongue
It is said that St. John is a martyr of the confessional secret. The king allegedly questioned him about the sins of his wife, Sophia, who was very religious. She went to John to confess. The king suspected her of infidelity because he himself had committed this vice. However, since John did not reveal anything, he tortured him and finally had him killed. This tradition is confirmed by the fact that the language of St. Ján Nepomucký remained intact. John was declared a saint in 1729.