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Blessed Margaret of Castello

Also known as

• Margaret of Citta-di-Castello
• Margaret of Metola

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Born a blind, lame, deformed, hunchback midget. When she was six years old, her noble parents walled her up beside a chapel; she could not get out, but could attend Mass and receive the Sacraments. After 14 years of imprisonment, her parents took her to a shrine to pray for a cure. When none occurred, they abandoned her. She became a lay Dominican, and spent her life in prayer and charity. When she died, the townspeople thronged her funeral, and demanded she be buried in a tomb inside the church. The priest protested, but a crippled girl was miraculously cured at the funeral, and he consented.

Born

1287 at Mercatello sul Metauro, Pesaro-Urbino, Italy

Died

• 13 April 1320 in Città di Castello, Perugia, Italy of natural causes
• body incorrupt

Beatified

19 October 1609 by Pope Paul V (concession of indult for Mass and Office)

Patronage

• against impoverishment
• against poverty
• disabled people
• handicapped people
• people rejected by religious orders
• physically challenged people
• Right To Life groups

Video

YouTube PlayList

Prayers

Compassionate God, you gave your divine light to Blessed Margaret who was blind from birth, that with the eye of her heart she might contemplate you alone. Be the light of our eyes that we may turn from what is evil and reach the home of never-ending light. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-margaret-of-castello/


Saint Hermengild

Also known as

Ermengild, Ermengildo, Hermenegild

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Son of the Spanish Visigoth Arian king Levigild, and raised in Arianism. In 579 he married the Catholic princess Indgund, who, with Saint Leander, bishop of Seville, Spain, converted him back to orthodox Christianity. Immediately disinherited by his father.

Publicly renounced and fought against Arianism; he expected support from outside anti-Arian groups, but it never materialized, and he was defeated by his father's forces. King of Seville. At one point he reconciled with his father, but his step-mother, Goswintha, caused friction between them because of her staunch Arian views. Arrested, tortured, and martyred on orders of his father for refusing to denounce Catholicism and refusing to accept communion from a heretic bishop.

Died

• tortured and axed to death 13 April 585
• relics at Seville, Spain

Canonized

1585

Patronage

• against drought
• against flood
• against thunderstorms
• converts
• Spanish monarchy
• Seville, Spain

Representation

• young prince in armor being borne to heaven while contemplating the crucifix while around him angels carry an axe, chains, royal regalia, a palm, and a rose wreath and heretical bishops and king stand below him
• prince with an axe
• ax

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


Saint Caradoc of Wales

Also known as

Caradog, Caractacus, Caradocus, Caradoco

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Born to a wealthy family, Caradoc spent part of his youth as a harp player in the court of King Rhys ap Twedwr of South Wales. He fell out of royal favour when he lost one of the king's greyhounds. Deciding to start a new life, Caradoc broke the tip of his spear to turn it into a walking stick, and left the court to become a monk at Saint Teilo church. Longing for a quieter life, he became a hermit in the ruins of Saint Kyned church in Gower where he was known to befriend wild animals. Ordained in Menevia, Wales. With several companions he set up a hermitage on Barry Island off the coast of Wales. After surviving Viking raiders, the hermits were driven from the island by King Henry I of England. Caradoc spent the rest of his days as a prayerful hermit in a cell in modern Haroldston, Pembrokeshire. Church Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire is dedicated to him.

Born

11th century Brycheiniog, Wales

Died

• 13 April 1124 at Saint Isells, Wales of natural causes
• interred at the cathedral of Saint David
• re-interred several years later, and body found incorrupt
• the historian William of Malmesbury tried to cut off a finger to take as a relic; Caradoc's hand jerked away

Representation

• man dressed in chain mail holding a church and a spear
• harp

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


Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar

Also known as

Sabas Reyes

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

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Seminarian at Guadalajara, Mexico. Ordained in the diocese of Taumalipus, Mexico in 1911. Worked in several parishes in Guadalupe. Sent to Tototlan, Mexico to escape the government's persection of the Church and its priests.

In January 1927 government troops commandeered his church; they smashed images, burned statues, and used the building as a stable. Father Sabas's parishioners told him to escape, but he said God had placed him there for a reason, and that they should pray for divine help against the soldiers.

On 11 April 1927, just as he finished a baptism in a private home, federal troops broke in to arrest him. Over the next two days he was severely beaten, burned, and tortured as the troops tried to learn the hiding places of other priests; he told his captors nothing. Martyr.

Born

5 December 1883 in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico

Died

shot at 9pm on 13 April 1927 in a cemetery outside Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee of Mexico

Readings

Viva Cristo Rey! - Saint Sabas's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sabas-reyes-salazar/


Pope Saint Martin I

Profile

Chosen 74th pope in 649 without imperial approval. Conducted the Lateran Council which condemned the patriach of Constantinople for Monothelitism, which claimed that Christ had no human will. This put him in opposition to the emperor who had him arrested and tortured. Paul, Patriarch of Constantinople, repented of his stance which saved Martin from execution, but the pope died soon after from damage done during his imprisonment, and is considered a martyr, the last martyred pope.

Born

at Todi, Tuscany, Italy

Papal Ascension

649

Died

655 at Cherson, Crimea (in modern Ukraine) from starvation

Representation

• Pope holding money
• Pope with geese around him (possible confusion by artist with Martin of Tours)
• Pope in a prison cell

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-martin-i/


Blessed Rolando Rivi

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Born to a farm family. Seminarian in the diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy with a plan to become a missionary priest. Abducted, abused and tortured for three days, and then murdered by Communist partisans for being a Christian. Martyr.

Born

7 January 1931 in San Valentino di Castellarano, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Died

• shot on 13 April 1945 in a wooded area near Piani di Monchio, Modena, Italy
• buried in Piani di Monchio
• re-interred in the graveyard of his parish church of Saint Valentine on 29 May 1945
• re-interred in the church of Saint Valentine on 26 June 1997

Beatified

• 5 October 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated in Modena, Italy by Cardinal Angelo Amato

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-rolando-rivi/


Blessed Scubilion Rousseau

Also known as

• Brother Scubilionis
• Jean Bernard Rousseau

Profile

A pious young man who served as a catechist. Entered the Christian Brothers' noviate in Paris, France on 24 December 1822, taking the name Scubilion Elementary school teacher for ten years in various locations in France. In 1833 he was assigned to teach and work with slaves on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean; he spent 34 years there. He modified the lessons to suit the natives, started classes for them at night, worked with local priests, and brought many to the faith by his example of Christian life.

Born

21 March 1797 in Annay la-Côte, Burgundy, France as Jean Bernard Rousseau

Died

13 April 1867 on Reunion Island of natural causes

Beatified

2 May 1989 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-scubilion-rousseau/


Blessed Albertinus of Fonte Avellana

Also known as

• Albertinus of Montone
• Albertino

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Benedictine monk at Fonte Avellana monastery in Serra Sant'Abbondio, Italy. When his congregation merged with the Camaldolese in 1270, Albertinus was chosen prior-general. Peacemeaker between Gubbio and his flock. Refused to accept election as bishop of Osimo, Italy.

Born

mid 13th-century in Montone, Italy

Died

• 13 April 1294 of natural causes
• his grave became a site of miracles

Beatified

Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-albertinus-of-fonte-avellana/


Saint Ursus of Ravenna

Also known as

Orso, Ours

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Born to the Sicilian nobility. Convert to Christianity. His father violently opposed the conversion, and Ursus fled to Ravenna, Italy. There he so impressed the locals with his holiness that he became bishop of Ravenna for 20 years, reviving the celebration of the feasts of the saints, a custom that had fallen away.

Died

396 of natural causes

Patronage

• against faintness
• against kidney disease

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ursus-of-ravenna/


Blessed James of Certaldo

Also known as

Jacopo Guidi

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Son of a knight of Volterra (in modern Italy). Camaldolese Benedictine monk for over sixty years at the abbey of Saint Clement and Saint Justus at Volterra, forty of which he served as parish priest at the abbey church. His father and brother became lay-brothers of the same abbey. Twice refused the abbacy, he finally took the position - then resigned to return to pastoral work.

Born

at Certaldo, Italy as Jacopo Guidi

Died

1292 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-of-certaldo/


Saint Ida of Boulogne

Also known as

Ida of Lorraine

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Daughter of Duke Godfrey IV of Lorraine. Descendent of Blessed Charlemagne. Married Count Eustace II of Boulogne at age 17. Mother of Godfrey and Baldwin de Bouillon. Widow. Endowed several monasteries in Picardy (part of modern France). Benedictine oblate.

Born

1040 in Ardennes, France

Died

13 April 1113 of natural causes

Patronage

widows

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ida-of-boulogne/


Blessed John Lockwood

Also known as

John Lascellas

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

Profile

Studied for the priesthood in Rome, Italy during the persecution of Catholics in England. Ordained in 1597. Worked covertly in England until his arrest in 1642. Martyr.

Born

1561 at Sowerby, Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 13 April 1642 at York, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

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


Blessed Edward Catherick

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

Profile

Studied at Douai, France. Priest. Returned to England in 1635 to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution by King Charles I. Martyr.

Born

Carlton, Country Durham, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 13 April 1642 at York, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-edward-catherick/


Blessed Francis Dickenson

Also known as

Francis Dicconson

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Studied at the English Seminary in Rheims, France. Priest, returning to England to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution by Queen Elizabeth I. Martyr.

Born

Otley, West Yorkshire, England

Died

13 April 1590 in Rochester, Kent, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francis-dickenson/


Blessed Miles Gerard

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Studied at the English Seminary in Rheims, France. Priest, returning to England to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution by Queen Elizabeth I. Martyr.

Born

Ince, Lancashire, England

Died

13 April 1590 in Rochester, Kent, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-miles-gerard/


Blessed Isabel Calduch Rovira

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Franciscan Capuchin Poor Clare nun. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

9 May 1882 in Alcalá de Chivert, Castellón, Spain

Died

13 April 1937 in Cuevas de Vinromá, Castellón, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-isabel-calduch-rovira/


Saint Agathonica of Pergamus

Also known as

Agatonica

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Sister of Saint Papylus of Pergamus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

c.250 at Pergamus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agathonica-of-pergamus/


Saint Papylus of Pergamus

Also known as

Papilo

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Brother of Saint Agathonica of Pergamus. Deacon. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

c.250 at Pergamus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-papylus-of-pergamus/


Saint Carpus of Pergamus

Also known as

Carpo

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Bishop of Thyatira. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

c.250 at Pergamus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-carpus-of-pergamus/


Saint Martius of Auvergne

Also known as

Marzio

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Mountainside hermit. His reputation for holiness spread, and he attracted so many would-be students that he built a monastery for them.

Born

Auvergne, France

Died

c.530

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


Saint Agathodorus of Pergamus

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Servant of Saint Papylus of Pergamus and Saint Agathonica of Pergamus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

c.250 at Pergamus, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agathodorus-of-pergamus/


Blessed Ida of Louvain

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Cistercian Benedictine nun at Rossendael near Malines. Visionary.

Born

at Louvain, France

Died

c.1300

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ida-of-louvain/


Saint Proculus of Terni

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Bishop of Terni, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Maxentius.

Died

310

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-proculus-of-terni-13-april/


Saint Guinoc

Also known as

Guinoch, Guinochus, Winnoc

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Bishop in Scotland. Commemorated in the Aberdeen Breviary.

Died

c.838

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


Martyrs of Dorostorum

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A lector and two students martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian - Dadas, Maximus and Quinctillianus.

Died

beheaded c.303 in Dorostorum, Lower Mysia (modern Sillistria, Bulgaria

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-dorostorum/


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• Mochaemhog of Inis Caoin
• Serafino Morazzone


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