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Solemnity of All Saints

Prayer intentions of Pope Francis for November: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.


Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. They must learn from their eminent teacher, Jesus Christ, what he declared not only to his apostles and disciples, but also to all the priests and clerics who were to succeed them, when he said: You are the salt of the earth. But what if salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. - Saint John of Capistrano


Overcoming evil with weapons of love becomes the way in which each person can contribute to the peace of all. Christians and believers of different religions are called to walk this path, together with those who accept the universal moral law. Dear brothers and sisters, promoting peace in the world is our common mission! - Pope Saint John Paul II


Feast of All Saints

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Instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown. It owes its origin in the Western Church to the dedication of the Roman Pantheon in honuor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the martyrs by Pope Saint Boniface IV in 609, the anniversary of which was celebrated at Rome on 13 May. Pope Saint Gregory III consecrated a chapel in the Vatican basilica in honor of All Saints, designating 1 November as their feast. Pope Gregory IV extended its observance to the whole Church. It has a vigil and octave, and is a holy day of obligation; the eve is popularly celebrated as Hallowe'en.

Patronage

Arzignano, Italy

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/feast-of-all-saints/


Blessed Teodor Jurij Romzha

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Greek Catholic. Studied philosophy from 1930 to 1933. Studied theology in Rome from 1933 to 1937; received a Licentiate. Ordained on 25 December 1936.

Drafted into the military, he served on the border with Germany; discharged in 1938. Minister to the impoverished parish of Berezovo, Maramorosh District. Professor of philosophy and spiritual director at the seminary in Uzhorod in 1939. Monsignor in 1942. Consecrated bishop of the Mukachiv eparchy on 24 September 1944.

His eparchy was annexed into Soviet Ukraine on 29 June 1945. Teodor fought to preserve the rights of his Church during the occupation. The atheist government ordered the bishop and all the faithful to renounce any connection with Rome, and to submit to the Patriarch of Moscow. Romza refused, and the open persecutions by the State began. The government annouced that Nestor Sydoruk was the bishop of the eparchy, and faithful Greek Catholic priests and lay people were intimidated, harassed, abused, and imprisoned. Romza travelled his diocese by horse and buggy, ministering to his flock. Severely wounded on 27 October 1947 in a Bolshevik assassination attempt that involved ramming his cart with a motor vehicle, then beating him with rifle butts; he was later murdered in his hospital bed. His work helped many Transcarpathian Christians return from the Orthodox Church to the Greek Catholic. Martyr.

Born

14 April 1911 at Velykyj Bychkiv, Transcarpathia, Ukraine

Died

poisoned in his hospital bed on 1 November 1947 at Mukachiv, Ukraine

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II at Ukraine

Readings

They are taking from us our own priests and churches, but they will never be able to take away our faith from us. -Blessed Teodor to his oppressed flock

O gracious Lord, in Your infinite goodness You have given us a fearless Bishop, Theodore G. Romzha, who by his uncommon courage, sufferings and violent death gave a heroic witness to his unshakable Faith and inspired our people to hold fast to their Faith in time of persecution. Therefore, we humbly beseech You to glorify Your faithful servant, that Man of Faith, Bishop Theodore, and to strengthen our Faith by granting us through his kind intercession...here make your request]. For you are a merciful and gracious God, and we render glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever, Amen. - prayer for the beatification of Blessed Teodor

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-teodor-jurij-romzha/


Saint Nuño de Santa Maria Álvares Pereira

Also known as

• Nuño of Saint Mary
• Nonius Alvares Pereira
• Nuno Álvares Pereira

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Cousin of the founder of the noble Braganza family. Constable of the kingdom of Portugal, a knight, and a prior in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Married. Career soldier, fighting for, and a hero of Portuguese independence. Widower. Lay-brother in the Order of Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel at Lisbon, Portugal in 1423, taking the name Nuño of Saint Mary. He undertook the meanest duties in the friary, begging alms from door to door. Founded a monastery at Lisbon. Noted for a life of prayer, penance, and devotion to Our Lady.

Born

24 June 1360 at Cernache do Bonjardim, Sertã, Castelo Branco, Portgual

Died

• 1 November 1431 (Easter Sunday) at the Carmelite monastery at Lisbon, Portugal of natural causes
• tomb lost in the earthquake of 1755

Canonized

26 April 2009 by Benedict XVI

Readings

O God, who called blessed Nonius to lay down the weapons of this world and follow Christ under the protection of the Blessed Virgin, grant through the intercession of this former member of our order that we too may deny ourselves and cling to you with all our hearts. Through the same Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - prayer from The Missal with Readings of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nuno-de-santa-maria-alvares-pereira/


Blessed Peter Paul Navarro

Also known as

• Paul Navarro
• Pietro Paolo Navarro

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Joined the Jesuits in Naples, Italy in 1578. Ordained in Goa, India. Missionary to Japan. Became fluent in Japanese, and lived as much like a native as he could, wanting to show that Christianity was no threat to a Japanese lifestyle.

An imperial edict in 1614 expelled all foreigners. Instead of leaving, Peter went into hiding so he could minister to the converts he had made. He travelled the country disguised as a beggar, wood seller, farmer, and peddler in order to conduct covert Masses. He wrote on the faith, and translated Christian works into Japanese.

Arrested by priest hunters in December 1621 along with two catechists, Petrus Onizuka Sadayu and Denis Fugiscima, and a layman, Clement Kuijemon. They were condemned to death by the Shogun on 27 October 1622. Father Peter Paul celebrated Mass and ordained his two catechists as Jesuit priests in the hours just before his execution.

Born

1560 at Laino Borgo, Cosenza, Italy

Died

• burned alive on 1 November 1622 at Ximabara, Nagasaki, Japan
• died praying the Litany of Our Lady

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-peter-paul-navarro/


Saint Mathurin

Also known as

Maturinus

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Raised a pagan; his father was even commissioned to persecute Christians by emperor Maximian. Mathurin converted at age 12. Priest at age 20, ordained by Saint Polycarp. Zealous evangelist in his region, even converting his parents. Noted exorcist, even healing Theodora, the daughter of the emperor; his ministry of dealing with the possessed led to his tradition of patronage of the mentally ill.

Born

Larchant, France

Died

• Rome, Italy of natural causes
• buried in Rome, he climbed out of the grave to return to his old home at Larchant, France
• in 1004 the canons of Notre-Dame de Paris divided his relics between Larchant, some in Paris, France
• Paris relics enshrined in a church dedicated to him in 1153; it became a place of pilgrimage and healing for centuries
• his shrine in Larchant was burned by Huguenots in 1568

Patronage

against mental illness

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mathurin/


Rachel the Matriarch

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Old Testament Jewish Matriarch. Wife of the Patriach Jacob. She spent a lengthy marriage in shame over her sterility, considered a sign of God's disfavor. However, late in life she had two sons, Joseph, he of the many-coloured coat, and Benjamin.

Born

17th-18th century BC

Died

• 17th-18th century BC in childbirth
• buried in Bethlehem

Name Meaning

the lamb

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medals and pendants

Readings

Then God remembered Rachel; he heard her prayer and made her fruitful. She conceived and bore a son, and she said, "God has removed my disgrace." So she named him Joseph, meaning, "May the LORD add another son to this one for me!" - Genesis 30.23

http://catholicsaints.info/rachel-the-matriarch/


Saint Caesarius of Africa

Also known as

• Caesarius of Terracina
• Cesario, Cesareo

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Deacon of an African church. During a visit to Italy, he witnessed a pagan celebration of Apollo; Caesarius objected to the human sacrifice it involved. For his interference, he was imprisoned for two years, and then for his faith he was martyred with Saint Julian.

Born

African

Died

• tied into a sack and thrown into the sea to drown at Pisco Montano, Terracina, Italy, date unknown
• body recovered and buried near Terracina
• in the 4th century, Emperor Valentinian was cured at the shrine of Caesarius at Terracina
• relics translated to a church on the Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy by order of the emperor Valentinian
• relics translated to the church of San Cesareo in Palatio, Appian Way, Rome

Patronage

Terracina, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarius-of-africa/


Saint Austremonius

Also known as

• Apostle of Auvergne
• Austromoine, Stramonius, Stremonius

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May have been the first bishop of Clermont, France. Contemporary of the three bishops of Aquitaine who attended the Council of Arles in 314.

Born

3rd century

Died

• early 4th century of natural causes
• interred at at Issoire, France
• re-interred at Volvic
• relics taken to Mauzac Abbey in 761
• some relics taken to Saint-Yvoine, France in the mid-9th-century
• many relics returned to Issoire c.900

Canonized

• Pre-Congregation
• popular devotion began in the mid-6th-century after a deacon named Cantius received a vision of angels around the neglected tomb of Astremonius

Patronage

archdiocese of Clermont, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-austremonius/


Saint Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa

Also known as

• Balentin Berrio-Otxoa de Arizti
• Valentin de Berriochoa
• Valentine Berrio-Ochoa

Additional Memorial

24 November of one of the Martyrs of Viet Nam

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Born in the Basque country. Dominican. Ordained on 14 June 1851. Missionary to the Philippines and then to Viet Nam. Appointed coadjutor vicar apostolic of Central Tonkin, (modern diocese of Bùi Chu) Viet Nam and titular bishop of Centuria on 25 December 1857. Martyred with Saint Jerome Hermosilla.

Born

14 February 1827 at Elorrio, diocese of Vitoria, Spain

Died

tortured and beheaded on 1 November 1861 Hai Duong, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valentin-faustino-berri-ochoa/


Saint Benignus of Dijon

Also known as

Benigna, Benigne, Benigny

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Missionary to the areas of Marseilles, Autun, and Dijon in France, sent by Saint Polycarp of Smyrna. Martyred in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. The people of Tours, France reverenced the grave of Benignus, but the local bishop wished to put a stop to the cult, believing the tomb to be that of a heathen who had been mistakenly identified as Benignus; he started demolition, received a vision explaining his error, and instead built a basilica over the restored sarcophagus.

Born

at Smyrna

Died

clubbed to death with an iron bar in 178

Patronage

• Dijon, France, archdiocese of
• Dijon, France, city of

Representation

• key
• dog

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benignus-of-dijon/


Saint Genesius of Lyon

Also known as

Genès, Genes, Genestus

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of Fontenelle. Part of the court and camp of King Clovis II. Chief almoner to Queen Saint Bathildis. Succeeded Saint Chamond as bishop and archbishop of Lyons, France in 657. Chartered the Abbey of Corbie, France. Chartered the Convent of the Blessed Virgin founded by Ebroin, mayor of the palace, and his wife Leutrude. In a conflict between Ebroin and Saint Leger, Bishop of Autun, Genesius took the bishop's side and was attacked by an armed band sent by Ebroin to expel him from Lyons. Genesius gathered his own forces and defended his city.

Died

• 679 of natural causes
• his body was in the church of Saint Nicetius till the beginning of the 14th century, when it was transferred to Chelles

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-genesius-of-lyon/


Saint Vigor of Bayeux

Also known as

Vigeur, Vigile, Vigorus

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Studied at Arras, France. Spiritual student of Saint Vedast of Arras. He studied for the priesthood, but found the vocation so overwhelming that he ran from it for a while. He eventually realized his vocation and was ordained. Preacher and missionary. Bishop of Bayeux, France in 513, he continued his missionary work, bringing people to the faith, building churches and monasteries.

Born

Artois, France

Died

• 537 of natural causes
• buried on Mont Chrismat
• relics moved to the Abbey of Saint-Riquier in Picardy, France in 981 to avoid invading Normans

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vigor-of-bayeux/


Saint Jerome Hermosilla

Also known as

• Jerónimo Hermosilla
• Jerónimo Hermosilla Aransãez

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Dominican. Missionary to Manila, Philippines. Priest. Missionary to Viet Nam in 1828. Vicar Apostolic of Eastern Tonkin, Viet Nam and titular bishop of Miletopolis on 2 August 1839. Bishop. Worked with Saint Joseph Khang. Martyred with Saint Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa.

Born

30 September 1800 at Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Old Castile, Spain

Died

tortured and beheaded on 1 November 1861 Hai Duong, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jerome-hermosilla/


Saint Amabilis of Auvergne

Also known as

• Amabilis of Riom
• Amabilis the Cantor

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Cantor in the church of Saint Mary at Clermont, France. Precentor of the cathedral of Clermont. Parish priest in Riom, France.

Died

475 of natural causes

Patronage

• against demonic possession
• against fire
• against mental illness
• against poison
• against snake bite
• against wild beasts
• Auvergne, France
• Riom, France

Representation

bishop listening to an angel playing music

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amabilis-of-auvergne/


Saint Pere Josep Almató Ribera Auras

Also known as

Pedro Ribera

Additional Memorial

24 November of one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Dominican priest. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc.

Born

1 November 1830 in San Feliú Saserra, Barcelona, Spain

Died

tortured and beheaded on 1 November 1861 Hai Duong, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pere-josep-almato-ribera-auras/


Saint Marcel of Paris

Also known as

Marcellus

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Ninth bishop of Paris, France. Chaired the Council of Paris in 360 - 361 which recognized the edicts of the Council of Nicaea in 325. Supported Saint Genevieve. Legend says that there was a dragon in Paris which was devouring women of "ill repute"; Marcel defeated it by striking it with his bishop's crozier.

Born

c.396 on Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Died

November 436

Representation

dragon

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcel-of-paris/


Blessed Dionysius Fugixima

Also known as

• Denis Fugiscima
• Dionysius Fugishima
• Dionisius Fujishima Jubyoe

Additional Memorials

• 4 February Jesuits
• 10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

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Born to the Japanese nobility. Jesuit novice. Worked with Blessed Paul Navarro. Martyr.

Born

at Aitzu, Arima, Japan

Died

burned alive on 1 November 1622 at Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dionysius-fugixima/


Deborah the Prophetess

Also known as

• Deborah the Judge
• Deborah the Matriarch
• Debbora

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Old Testament prophetess and judge. Married to Lapidoth. See the passage below from Judges that talks about her.

Name Meaning

the bee [hebrew]

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http://catholicsaints.info/deborah-the-prophetess/


Saint Julian of Africa

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Priest of an African church. During a visit to Italy, he witnessed a pagan celebration of Apollo; Julian objected to the human sacrifice it involved. He was imprisoned for two years, and then martyred with Saint Caesarius.

Born

African

Died

tied into a sack and thrown into the sea to drown at Pisco Montano, Terracina, Italy, date unknown

Patronage

Terracina, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-julian-of-africa/


Saint Germanus of Montfort

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Studied at Paris, France. Priest. Benedictine monk at Savigny, France. Prior of the monastery at Talloires, France. Spent the last years of his life as a hermit.

Born

c.906 at Montfort, Brittany (in modern France)

Died

• 1000 of natural causes
• relics enshrined by Saint Francis de Sales in 1621

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-germanus-of-montfort/


Blessed Petrus Onizuka Sadayu

Also known as

Peter Onizuko

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Convert to Christianity. Jesuit postulant. Catechist. Worked with Blessed Paul Navarro, and martyred with him.

Born

Arima, Japan

Died

burned alive on 1 November 1622 at Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-petrus-onizuka-sadayu/


Saint Cadfan

Also known as

Catman, Catamanu, Catamanus, Gadfan, Gideon

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Sixth-century monk. Spiritual teacher of Sadwen of Wales. Emigrated from Brittany to Wales where he founded several monasteries. First abbot of Bardsey Abbey in Wales. Llangadfan, Montgomeryshire, Wales is named in his honour.

Born

Brittany (in modern France)

Patronage

Llangadfan, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cadfan/


Saint Salaun of Leseven

Also known as

Salomon

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A poor man who lived in Leseven, Brittany, France. For many years was considered the village idiot - until people realized that his simplicity, poverty and unworldliness was due to his concentration on his own spiritual development.

Died

1358 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salaun-of-leseven/


Saint Floribert of Ghent

Also known as

Florbert, Floribertus, Florbertus

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Abbot of monasteries in Ghent, Mont-Blandin and Saint-Bavon in Belgium. Worked with Saint Amandus.

Died

c.660

Canonized

20 April 1049 by Pope Leo IX

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-floribert-of-ghent/


Blessed Clemens Kyuemon

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Layman martyr in the archdiocese of Nagasaki, Japan.

Born

c.1574 in Japan

Died

burned to death on 1 November 1622 in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-clemens-kyuemon/


Saint Cledwyn of Wales

Also known as

Clydwyn of Wales

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Eldest son of Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog, and ruler of part of Brychan's kingdom.

Died

5th century

Patronage

Llangedwyn, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cledwyn-of-wales/


Saint Severinus of Tivoli

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Benedictine monk. Hermit at Tivoli, Italy.

Died

• 609 of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the church Saint Laurence in Tivoli, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-severinus-of-tivoli/


Saint Pabiali of Wales

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A chapel in Wales is dedicated to him. Some sources say he was a prince, but no solid information has survived.

Patronage

Partypallai, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pabiali-of-wales/


Saint Harold the King

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First Christian king of Denmark. When he tried to bring his pagan people to the faith they revolted and killed him. Martyr.

Died

980 in Denmark

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-harold-the-king/


Saint Cyrenia of Tarsus

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Martyred with Saint Juliana in the persecutions of Galerius and Maximian.

Died

burned to death in 306 at Tarsus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyrenia-of-tarsus/


Saint Juliana of Tarsus

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Martyed with Saint Cyrenia in the persecutions of Galerius and Maximian.

Died

burned to death in 306 at Tarsus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juliana-of-tarsus/


Saint Ludre

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Son of a senator of Bourges in modern France. He died almost immediately after baptism, still wearing the white robes.

Died

relics at Deols on the Indre in modern France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ludre/


Saint Mary the Slave

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Christian slave in the house of Tertullus, a patrician in Rome, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.300

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mary-the-slave/


Saint Ceitho

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One of five 6th century brothers, all of whom are venerated as saints in Wales. Founded a church in Llangeitho, Dyfed, Wales.

Patronage

Llangeitho, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ceitho/


Saint Dacius of Damascus

Also known as

Decius of Damascus

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Martyred with six companions.

Died

in Damascus, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dacius-of-damascus/


Saint James of Persia

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Martyred with Saint John in the persecution of King Shapur II.

Born

Persian

Died

c.344 in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-james-of-persia/


Saint John of Persia

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Bishop. Martyred with Saint James of Persia in the persecutions of King Shapur II.

Died

c.344

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-persia/


Saint Caesarius of Damascus

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Martyred with six companions.

Died

in Damascus, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarius-of-damascus/


Saint Dingad

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Fifth century son of the chieftain Saint Brychan of Brecknock. Hermit in Llandovery, Dyfed, Wales.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dingad/


Saint Peter Absalon

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Martyr.

Died

buried alive c.300 at Caesarea, Palestine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-absalon/


Saint Gal of Clermont

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Bishop of Clermont, France from 640 to 650.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gal-of-clermont/


Saint Meigan

Also known as

Megan

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Monk at Cor Beuno, Carnarvon, Wales.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-meigan/


Saint Nichole

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Abbess of the convent at Almenêches Abbey, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nichole/


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