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Holy House of Loreto

About

The feast is so named from the tradition that the house where the Holy Family lived in Nazareth, was transported by angels to the city of Loreto, Italy. The Holy House is now encased by a basilica. It has been one of the famous shrines of the Blessed Virgin since the 13th century.

http://catholicsaints.info/holy-house-of-loreto/


Our Lady of Loreto

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The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found there. Tradition says that a band of angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, then Recanati, Italy in 1294, and finally to Loreto, Italy where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation, and the long life of the house that has led to the patronage of builders, construction workers, etc. It is the first shrine of international renown dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and has been known as a Marian center for centuries. Popes have always held the Shrine of Loreto in special esteem, and it is under their direct authority and protection.

Patronage

• air crews • Air Forces • aircraft pilots • Argentinian Air Force • Arpino, Italy • aviation • aviators • Belgian air crews • builders • construction workers • flyers • flying • Ghajnsielem Gozo, Italy • Guidonia Montecelio, Italy • Italy • Loreto, Italy • Spanish air crews •

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http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-loreto/


Saint Eulalia of Merida

Also known as

Aulaire, Aulazie, Olalla

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A consecrated virgin who, from her early youth, wanted to be a martyr. During the Diocletian persecutions, when she was around 12 to 14 years old (sources vary), she went to the tribunal, and confessed her faith on her own initiative. Tortured and martyred with Saint Julia of Merida. Legend says that when she was thrown naked into the street, snow fell to cover her; later when her ashes were dumped in a field, snow fell on them to create a burial pall. Often confused with Saint Eulalia of Barcelona.

Born

c.290 in Spain

Died

tortured and burned alive c.304 Merida, Spain

Patronage

• Merida, Spain
• Oviedo, Spain
• runaways
• torture victims
• widows

Representation

• young woman with a cross, stake, and dove
• naked young woman lying in the snow

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eulalia-of-merida/


Saint John Roberts

Additional Memorials

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Son of John and Anna Roberts; his ancestors were princes in Wales. Raised Protestant, John always felt an affinity for Catholicism. He studied at Saint John's College, Oxford from 1595 to 1597, but left without a degree. He then studied law at the Inns of Court at age 21. In 1598, while travelling in France, he joined the Church of Rome at Notre Dame in Paris.

Entered the English College at Valladolid, Spain on 18 October 1598. He left the College in 1599 to join the Abbey of Saint Benedict in Valladolid. Benedictine novice at the Abbey of Saint Martin in Compostela, Spain in 1600. Ordained there.

Father John returned to England as a missioner, leaving on 26 December 1602, and entering the country in April 1603. Arrested in May 1603, and exiled. Returned to England in 1604, and worked with plague victims in London; arrested and banished again. Returned to England in 1605. During a search for suspects involved in the Gunpowder Plot, John was found in the home of Mrs Thomas Percy, and was arrested again. Though he had no connection to the Plot, he spent seven months in prison, and was exiled again in July 1606.

While in exile he founded a house in Douai for exiled English Benedictines; this house became the monastery of Saint Gregory. Responsible for the conversion of Blessed Maurus Scott. Returned to England in October 1607, was arrested in December, and sent to Gatehouse prison. He escaped, and spent a year working in London, but was again arrested. His execution was scheduled for May 1609, but the intercession of the French ambassador led to a reduction in sentence; he was exiled yet again.

Returned to England a few months later, he was arrested while celebrating Mass on 2 December 1610. Convicted on 5 December 1610 of the crime of priesthood. Martyred with Blessed Thomas Somers.

Born

1577 at Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire, Gwynedd, northern Wales

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on 10 December 1610 at Tyburn, London, England
• body taken to Saint Gregory's in Douai, France, but disappeared during the French Revolution
• two fingers are preserved at Downside Abbey and Erdington Abbey

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-roberts/


Pope Saint Miltiades

Also known as

Melchiades

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Pope during the time that Constantine the Great declared tolerance for Christians in the Roman Empire. Counted as a martyr on many lists due to the sufferings he endured prior to the toleration decree. May have been Pope when the Church was given the Lateran Palace which became the pope's residence and the seat of the central administration of the Church. Saint Augustine of Hippo thought highly of him, and mentioned him in his writings.

Born

Africa

Papal Ascension

2 July 311

Died

11 January 314 at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-miltiades/


Saint Angelina of Serbia

Also known as

• Angelina of Krusedol
• Angelina of Krushedol
• Angelina Arianit Komneni
• Angelina Brankovic
• Mother Angelina

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Born to the nobility, the daughter of Prince Georg Skenderberg of Albania. Married to King Stefan Brankovic of Serbia, and with him live in Mexile. As a mother she concentrated on the Christian part of her sons' education. Widowed, she renounced her position in the world to become a nun and then abbess at the Krushedol abbey so she could spend her days in prayer and caring for the poor.

Born

late 15th-century in modern day Berat, Albania as Angelina Arianit Komneni

Died

• 1510 in Fruska Gora, Serbia of natural causes
• buried beside her husband and sons Stephen and John Maxim in Krusedol Abbey

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-angelina-of-serbia/


Blessed Brian Lacey

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Yorkshire country gentleman. Cousin, companion and assistant to Venerable Father Montford Scott Arrested in 1586 for helping and hiding priests. Arrested again in 1591 when his own brother Richard betrayed him, Brian was tortured at Bridewell prison to learn the names of more people who had helped priests. Finally arraigned down the Old Bailey, he was condemed to death for his faith, for aiding priests and encouraging Catholics. Martyr.

Born

Brockdish, Norfolk, England

Died

hanged on 10 December 1591 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-brian-lacey/


Blessed Bruno of Rommersdorf

Also known as

• Bruno von Braunsberg
• Brun

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Born to the noblity in Braunschweig, Germany. Knight. He gave up worldly privilete and joined the Premonstratensians. Abbot of the Rommersdorf cloister near Engers am Rhein, Germany; he expanded the house and enlarged its library. Assigned by Pope Honorius III to preach Crusade in the Rhineland. Friend of Blessed Louis IV of Thuringia and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

Born

12th century Germany

Died

10 December 1236 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bruno-of-rommersdorf/


Saint Eustace White

Additional Memorials

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Convert to Catholicism which led to his anti-Catholic father cursing him and caused a permanent estrangement from his family. In 1584 Eustace began studies for the priesthood in Rheims, France and Rome, Italy, and was ordained at the English College in Rome in 1588. In November 1588 he returned to the west of England to minister to covert Catholics. The Church was going through a period of persecution in England, made even worse by the attack of the Armada from Catholic Spain. Arrested in Blandford, Dorset, England on 1 September 1591 for the crime of being a priest. He was lodged in Bridwell prison in London, and repeatedly tortured. At his trial he forgave the judges who sentenced him to death. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Born

1559 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 10 December 1591 in Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

Reading

The morrow after Simon and Jude's day I was hanged at the wall from the ground, my manacles fast locked into a staple as high as I could reach upon a stool: the stool taken away where I hanged from a little after 8 o'clock in the morning till after 4 in the afternoon, without any ease or comfort at all, saving that Topcliffe came in and told me that the Spaniards were come into Southwark by our means: 'For lo, do you not hear the drums' (for then the drums played in honour of the Lord Mayor). The next day after also I was hanged up an hour or two: such is the malicious minds of our adversaries. - Saint Eustace, 23 November 1591, in a letter to Father Henry Garnet from prison

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eustace-white/


Saint Polydore Plasden

Also known as

Oliver Palmer

Additional Memorials

• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of the English College
• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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Son of a horn maker. Studied for the priesthood at Rheims, France and the English College in Rome, Italy. Ordained on 7 December 1586, he return to England to minister to covert Catholics during the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I. Arrested on 2 November 1591 at the home of Saint Swithun Wells in Gray's Inn Fields while Saint Edmund Gennings was celebrating Mass. Executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

1563 in London, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 10 December 1591 in Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-polydore-plasden/


Saint Swithun Wells

Additional Memorial

25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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Married layman teacher in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I for having provided shelter to priests, noteably Saint Edmund Gennings and Saint Polydore Plasden, hiding from the anti-Catholic authorities, and for permitting Mass to be celebrated in his house.

Born

1536 in Bambridge, Hampshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 10 December 1591 in Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-swithun-wells/


Saint Abundius

Also known as

Abundantius

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Deacon. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.300 at Spoleto, Italy or Seville, Spain (records vary)

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


Blessed Albert of Sassovivo

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Born to the nobility, the son of Count Gualterio of Sassovivo, Foligno, Umbria, Italy who gave land to Blessed Mainard the land to build the Benedictine Holy Cross Abbey. Albert became a monk and later abbot there.

Died

c.1012 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-albert-of-sassovivo/


Saint Caesarius of Epidamnus

Also known as

• Caesarius of Durazzo
• Caesarius of Durrës
• Caesarius of Dyrrachium
• Cesare of...

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One of the 72 disciples of Christ described in Acts. Bishop of Epidamnus (modern Durrës, Albania). Martyr.

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


Saint Carpophorus

Also known as

Carpoforo

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Priest. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

martyred c.300 at Spoleto, Italy or Seville, Spain (records vary)

Patronage

Arona, Italy

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


Saint Deusdedit of Brescia

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Bishop of Brescia, Italy. Played a leading role in the councils convened against the Monothelite heresies.

Died

c.700

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-deusdedit-of-brescia/


Saint Edmund Gennings

Also known as

Edmund Jennings

Additional Memorials

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Convert to Catholicism at age 17. He studied and was ordained at Rheims, France in 1590. He then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. Martyr.

Born

1567 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 10 December 1591 at Gray's Inn Fields, Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-edmund-gennings/


Saint Florentius of Carracedo

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of the house at Carracedo, Leon, Spain. Greatly esteemed by King Alphonsus VII.

Died

1156 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-florentius-of-carracedo/


Blessed Fulgentius of Afflighem

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Benedictine monk at the monastery of Saint Airy in Verdun, France. When the monastery, was dissolved due to political conflicts, Fulgentius became monk and then abbot of the monastery of Afflighem, Belgium.

Born

latter 11th century in Wallonia (in modern Belgium)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-fulgentius-of-afflighem/


Saint Gemellus of Ancyra

Also known as

• Gemellus of Edessa
• Gemellus of Paphlagonia

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Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

crucified in 362 at Ancyra, Galatia (Asia Minor)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gemellus-of-ancyra/


Blessed Guglielmo de Carraria

Also known as

William of Carraria

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Soldier. Mercedarian knight at the convent of Santa Maria d'Esteron in Menorca, Spain. Noted for his austere lifestyle and personal piety.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-guglielmo-de-carraria/


Saint Guitmarus

Also known as

Guimar, Guimare, Guimer, Guitmaire, Guitmar, Guitmer, Vitmar, Vitmarus, Widmar, Widmer, Witmaire, Witmar, Witmer

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Abbot at Saint-Riquier Abbey, Normandy, France.

Died

c.765

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


Saint Hildemar of Beauvais

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Benedictine monk at Corbie Abbey. Bishop of Beauvais, France in 821.

Died

c.844

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hildemar-of-beauvais/


Blessed Jerome Ranuzzi

Also known as

• Jerome Ranucci
• Angel of Good Counsel

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Born to a noted middle class family; his father was later given rank in the noblity. Servite. Studied philosophy and theology in Bologna, Italy. Priest. Renowned for his learning and scholarship. Advisor to Duke Frederick of Montefeltro, Urbino, Italy.

Born

c.1410 at Sant'Angelo, Vado, Pesaro-Urbino, Italy

Died

c.1468 of natural causes

Beatified

1 April 1775 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jerome-ranuzzi/


Blessed John Mason

Additional Memorial

1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Layman. Servant to a Mr Owen of Oxfordshire. Arrested for harbouring priests in general, and Saint Edmund Gennings in particular, physically restraining the men who were going to arrest Gennings during Mass. Martyr.

Born

at Kendal, Westmoreland, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 10 December 1591 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-mason/


Saint Julia of Merida

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Martyred with Saint Eulalia of Merida in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.304 at Merida, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-julia-of-merida/


Saint Lucerius

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Benedictine monk at Farfa, Italy. Abbot of the house at Maurienne, France.

Died

740 of natural causes

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


Blessed Marco Antonio Durando

Also known as

Marcantonio Durando

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Priest in the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent de Paul. Founded the Institute of the Sisters of Jesus the Nazarene.

Born

22 May 1801 in Mondovi, Italy

Died

10 December 1880 in Turin, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marco-antonio-durando/


Saint Maurus of Rome

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Child martyr, celebrated by Pope Damasus.

Died

Via Salaria, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-rome-10-december/


Saint Mercury of Lentini

Also known as

• Mercury of Leontium
• Mercurius of...

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Officer in the imperial Roman army. Led a group of soldiers escorting Christian prisoners to trial during the persecutions of emperor Licinius and governor Tertyllus. Mercurius and many of his men were converted to the faith by the prisoners while on the road, and were martyred with them.

Died

beheaded in Lentini, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mercury-of-lentini/


Blessed Sebastian Montanol

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Dominican missionary to Zacateca, Mexico. When some natives treated the Eucharist with disrespect, Sebastian chastised them; they murdered him.

Born

Spanish

Died

murdered in 1616 in Zacateca, Mexico

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-sebastian-montanol/


Blessed Sidney Hodgson

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Layman. Convert. Martyred for assisting priests during a period of English history when Catholicism was outlawed.

Born

English

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 10 December 1591 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-sidney-hodgson/


Saint Sindulf of Vienne

Also known as

Dreiuls, Sindolf, Sindulfe, Sindulfus, Sindulphe, Sindulphus, Syndulphe

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Bishop of Vienne, France. Attended councils in 625 and 630. Encouraged the monastic life in his diocese.

Died

c.669

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sindulf-of-vienne/


Saint Thomas of Farfa

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Benedictine monk. Pilgrim to the Holy Land. Lived as a hermit near Farfa Abbey, Italy. Friend of the duke of Spoleto, Italy. Restored Farfa Abbey with the financial aid of the duke. Abbot.

Born

at Maurienne, Savoy, France

Died

c.720 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thomas-of-farfa/


Blessed Thomas Somers

Also known as

Thomas Wilson

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Schoolmaster. Seminarian in Douai, France. Priest. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in London, sometimes using the alias Thomas Wilson. Arrested and condemned to death for the crime of being a priest. Martyred with Saint John Roberts.

Born

Skelsmergh, Westmoreland, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 10 December 1610 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-somers/


Saint Valeria

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Roman martyr whose cultus was very popular in France during the time of Saint Eligius.

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


Martyrs of Alexandria

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A group of Christians murdered for their faith in the persecutions of Galerius Maximian. The only details that have survived are three of the names - Eugraphus, Hermogenes and Mennas.

Died

beheaded c.312 at Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-alexandria-10-december/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Emérico Martín Rubio
Blessed Gonzalo Viñes Masip


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