St. Henry II was born in Bavaria in 972. He became duke of Bavaria in 995 and king of Pavia in 1004. He married St. Cunegunda but never had children. Pope Benedict VII crowned St. Henry as Holy Roman Emperor in 1014. He helped start missions and began construction of a cathedral in Basel, Switzerland. He also was generous to the poor until he died in Saxony in 1024. St. Henry II is patron saint of kings and childless people.