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Paul von Banz (also Paul von Bantsch; Paul von Bancz; † around 1325) was a Cistercian monk and auxiliary bishop in Breslau and titular bishop of Tiberias.


Paul von Banz came from the German Breslau patrician family Banz, which was represented several times in the local clergy. At the same time, Nikolaus von Banz, who held various ecclesiastical offices and held the office of diocese administrator of Wroclaw from 1319 to 1325, appears in documents at the same time. It is likely that he was a brother of Paul von Banz. A Heinrich von Banz, who was also a Cistercian in Leubus, is mentioned in a document dated June 28, 1315 and again in a document dated May 7, 1332. The Bishop of Lebus, Heinrich von Banz, also came from the Banz family Officiated from 1353 to 1365/66.

Paul von Banz belonged to the convent of the Cistercian monastery Leubus. From there he was appointed auxiliary bishop in Breslau in 1302 or later by Bishop Heinrich von Würben and appointed titular bishop of Tiberias by the Pope.

In 1309, together with the canons of Wroclaw Nikolaus von Banz and Konrad, he was commissioned by the Pope to bring to justice the senior duke Władysław I. Ellenlang, who had captured and robbed the Kraków bishop Johann Muskata, who came from Wrocław, and to prosecute him with spiritual punishments .

Several of his pontifical acts have come down to us for the years 1307 to 1323, among others.

  • on December 13, 1307, he awarded the Benedictine nuns of Striegau an indulgence of 40 days
  • on January 25, 1311, with the approval of the diocesan bishop Albert von Meissen, he granted visitors to the Luckau parish church a 40-day indulgence on certain days
  • In 1315 he consecrated the rebuilt church in Kampern near Liegnitz, which was a branch of Koiskau
  • In 1320 he reconciled St. Elisabeth's Church in Breslau, which had been desecrated by an incident.

Also in 1320 he testified, inter alia. an altar foundation in the Marienkirche near Neisse. In this document he referred to himself as "brother of the Cistercian order". With the power of attorney of the Breslau Duke Heinrich VI. on March 13, 1321 he confirmed the abandonment of two hooves at the allod Irrschnocke near Breslau.

He was last mentioned in 1323 when he carried out pontifical acts in Glatz, which belonged to the Archdiocese of Prague.

Paul von Banz died around 1325. According to tradition, he was buried in the monastery church of Leubus.


  • Joseph Jungnitz: The auxiliary bishops of Breslau. Verlag von Franz Goerlich, Breslau 1914. pp. 5–10.
  • Robert Samulski:Banz, Wroclaw patrician family. In: New German biography (NDB). Volume 1, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1953, ISBN 3-428-00182-6, p. 578 (digitized version).