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Saint Anastasius the Monk

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Friend and spiritual student of Saint Acacius. Monk. Imprisoned and exiled for failure to adopt the Monothelite heresy. Martyr.

Died

c.662 from the abuse suffered while imprisoned

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Saint Anastasius the Priest

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Friend and spiritual student of Saint Acacius. Priest. Papal legate. Imprisoned and exiled for failure to adopt the Monothelite heresy. Martyr.

Died

• c.662 from the abuse suffered while imprisoned

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Saint Benildus

Also known as

• Benilde
• Peter Romancon
• Pierre Romancon

Additional Memorial

• 29 January (optional for the De La Salle Brothers)

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Educated by the De La Salle Brothers. An excellent student, he was a part-time teacher by age 14. Joined the De La Salle Brothers at age 14, entering his noviate on 10 February 1820, and taking the name Benildus. Teacher at several schools. Director of a community at Saugues in southern France in 1841. He founded a school there, and remained with it the rest of his life. Taught classes and catechism, visited the sick, and attracted many to the religious life; over 200 of his students became De La Salle brothers. Known for his sanctity, effective teaching, generosity to students, Brothers, and townspeople, and for the excellent reputation of his school.

Born

• 14 June 1805 at Thuret, France as Pierre Romancon

Died

• 13 August 1862 at Saugues, France of natural causes

Venerated

• 6 January 1928 by Pope Pius XI

Beatified

• 4 April 1948 by Pope Pius XII

Canonized

• 29 October 1967 by Pope Paul VI

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Saint Cassian of Imola

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Schoolmaster at Imola, Italy who taught writing. During one of the imperial persecutions he was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods; he refused. He was turned over to his pagan students who stabbed him to death with their iron styles, the device used as a pencil on wax tablets.

Died

• tortured and stabbed to death at Imola, Italy in the 4th century
• relics at Imola, Italy

Patronage

• students
• teachers
• Bolzano-Bressanone, Italy, diocese of
• Brixen, Italy, diocese of
• Mexico City, Mexico
• 4 cities in Italy

Representation

• man being stabbed by children
• paper
• pen
• writing instruments

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-cassian-of-imola/


Saint Cassian of Todi

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Fourth-century convert, brought to the faith by Saint Pontian of Todi. Bishop of Todi, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeus.

Died

• relics in Todi, Italy

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Saint Centolla of Burgos

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Nun. Martyr.

Died

• c.304 at Burgos, Spain

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Saint Concordia of Rome

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Martyr. No other information has survived.

Died

• beheaded outside Rome, Italy

Patronage

• nursing mothers
• wet nurses

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Blessed Francesc Castells Areny

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 31 July 1876 in Pobla de Segur, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-francesc-castells-areny/


Blessed Gertrude of Altenberg

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Daughter of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Louis IV, landgrave of Thuringia. Educated at Altenberg Abbey. Cistercian nun at Altenberg. Chosen abbess when very young, and led the house for 50 years.

Born

• 1227

Died

• 1297 of natural causes

Beatified

• 1311 by Pope Clement VI (cultus confirmed and limited to the Altenberg monastery)
• 11 July 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII (cultus confirmation and extended to the entire Order)

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-gertrude-of-altenberg/


Saint Helen of Burgos

Also known as

• Helena

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Nun. Martyr.

Died

• c.304 at Burgos, Spain

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Saint Herulph of Langres

Also known as

• Herulph of Ellwangen
• Hariolfus of....

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Born to the nobility, the son of the Count of Ellwangen (part of modern Germany). Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint Gall in Switzerland. Founded Ellwangen Abbey, diocese of Augsburg, Germany, in 764. Bishop of Langres.

Died

• 785 of natural causes

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Saint Hippolytus of Rome

Also known as

• Hippolytus of Porto
• Ippolito....

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Third century imperial Roman soldier assigned to guard Christian prisoners. Converted by them to the faith. Martyred for assisting at the burial of some his martyred charges.

Due to a clerical error, Hippolytus was inadvertently listed as two people, Hippolytus of Rome and Hippolytus of Porto, on some calendars. The second entry had the feast day of 22 August. This problem was corrected in the calendar revision of 1969.

Died

• dragged or torn to death by horses outside Rome, Italy
• collected body fragments were buried along the Via Tiburtina, Rome

Patronage

• horses
• prison guards, officers and workers
• Bibbiena, Italy
• Laterina, Italy

Representation

• horses

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-hippolytus-of-rome/


Blessed Jakob Gapp

Also known as

• Jacob Gapp
• Jakub Gapp

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Seventh child in the working class family of Martin Gapp and Antonia Wach. Received a basic education in his native town, then entered the Franciscan high school in Hall in 1910. Austrian soldier on the Italian front from May 1915 till he was wounded in 1916; received the silver medal of Courage Second Class. On 4 November 1918 he became a prisoner of war in Riva del Garda; released on 18 August 1919.

After the War, he entered the Marianist novitiate at Greisinghof, Upper Austria in 1921. Assigned to the Marian Institute in Graz as a teacher and sacristan for four years, while preparing for the seminary. Made his profession at Antony, France on 27 August 1925. In September 1925 Jakob entered the International Marianist Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland. Ordained by Bishop Marius Besson at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Fribourg on 5 April 1930.

Back in Austria he worked as a teacher, director of religious education, and chaplain in Marianist schools till 1938. Economic conditions were terrible; Father Gapp collected food and other necessities from students, and gave his own heating coal to the poor.

Nazism was on the rise in Germany and Austria. Father Gapp saw the incompatibility of Nazism and Christianity, and began preaching this truth. When German troops arrived in Austria in March 1938, he left Graz. His superiors sent him home as they believed his anti-Nazi preaching would bring on the wrath of the Reich; but his institutions were already marked for destruction.

In Tirol he enjoyed the last moments of peace in his life. He was an assistant pastor in Breitenwang-Reutte for two months when the Gestapo, in October 1938, ordered him not to teach religion. Father Gapp taught uncompromising love for all men and women without reference to nationality or religion, and that "God is your God, not Adolf Hitler." In a sermon on 11 December 1938 he defended Pope Pius XI against the attacks of the Nazis, and directed the faithful of the parish to read Catholic literature instead of Nazi propaganda. He was advised to leave the country.

He escaped to Bordeaux, France, where he worked as a chaplain and librarian. In May 1939 he went to Spain where he served in the Marianist communities at San Sebastian, Cadiz and Valencia. The Gestapo followed him, and in 1942 he received word of two people across the border in France who claimed to be Jews fleeing from Nazis in Berlin, Germany, and who wanted instruction in Catholicism. When he crossed into France to minster to them, they abducted him.

Father Gapp was arrested on 9 November 1942 in Hendaye, France, and brought to Berlin. On 2 July 1943 he was condemned to death for speaking against the Reich. Burial of his remains were denied as the Nazis feared he would be seen as a martyr, and his grave become a site of silent demonstration and rebellion. On the afternoon of 13 August 1943 he was advised he would executed that night. He wrote two moving farewell letters, and was martyred.

Born

• 26 July 1897 at Wattens, Tyrol, Austria

Died

• guillotined at 7.08pm 13 August 1943 at Plotzensee Prison, Berlin, Germany
• remains used for research at the Anatomical-Biological Institute of the University of Berlin

Venerated

• 6 April 1995 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)

Beatified

• 24 November 1996 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

Action is more important than theory! - Father Gapp

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-jakob-gapp/


Blessed John of Alvernia

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Joined the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1272. Part-time hermit, part-time evangelist and spiritual advisor in the area around Mount Alvernia, central and northern Italy. Had the gifts of infused knowledge, visions, ecstacies, and mind-reading.

Born

• 1259 at Fermo, Italy

Died

• 10 August 1322 of natural causes

Beatified

• 1880 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-john-of-alvernia/


Blessed José Boher y Foix

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 2 November 1887 in Sant Salvador de Toló, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

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Blessed José Juan Perot y Juanmarti

Also known as

• Josep-Joan Perot y Juanmarti

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 1 July 1877 in Boulogne, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

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Blessed Jose Tàpies y Sirvant

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 15 March 1869 in Ponts, Noguera, Lleida, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-jose-tapies-y-sirvant/


Saint Junian of Mairé

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Founded the monastery at Mairé, France. Later in life he retired to live as a hermit in Chaulnay, France.

Died

• 587

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Saint Ludolf

Also known as

• Ludolph

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Abbot of New Corvey Abbey in Westphalia, Germany from 971 to 983.

Died

• 983

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Blessed Mark of Aviano

Also known as

• Carlo Domenico Cristofori
• Marco D'Aviano
• Marco of Aviano

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Son of Marco Pasquale Cristofori and Rosa Zanoni. Educated at home and at the Jesuit school in Gorizia, Italy. He was especially fascinated with stories of the saints. At age 16 he left home to walk to Crete, where Venice was at war with the Ottoman Turks; he planned to preaching Christianity to Muslims and take his chance on martyrdom. After a few days of hiking, he stopped at the Capuchin house in Capodistria (modern Kopar, Slovenia), seeking food and shelter. The brothers took him in, fed him, prayed with him, and advised him to return home, which he did.

His time at the monastery affected Carlo deeply, and in 1648 he became a Capuchin novice at Conegliano, Italy. He made his formal vows in 1649, taking the name Mark. Ordained on 18 September 1655 at Chioggia, Italy. He lived several years in the cloister, but in 1664 he was called to missionary duty, preaching throughout Italy. Elected superior of the Belluno, Italy house in 1672. Elected superior of the Oderzo, Italy house in 1674.

On 8 September 1676, while preaching at a monastery in Padua, Italy, Mark prayed over Sister Vincenza Francesconi, who had been bed-ridden for 13 years; she was miraculously healed. Word spread, and while he continued preaching, Mark was soon beseiged by people seeking miracles; many were healed, and many were brought to the faith.

His fame led his to become counselor on religious and political matters to Leopold I, emperor of Austria for nearly two decades. Papal legate and Apostolic Nuncio to Austria for Pope Blessed Innocent XI. He secured the release of Vienna from the Ottoman Turks on 12 September 1683. Travelled with the army from 1683 to 1689 as advisor and chaplain to soldiers of all ranks. He helped negotiate the liberation of Buda on 2 September 1686, and of Belgrade on 6 September 1688. He worked as a peacemaker throughout Europe, bringing unity to warring Catholic powers, educating them on the threat posed by the Ottoman's - and never letting them forget that all wise counsel was given by God.

Legend has it that when the Ottomans fled before the European army, they left behind a lot of their strong, bitter coffee. The Christian soldiers, to make this liberated coffee more palatable, mixed it with honey and milk; they named the drink after Mark's Order, the Capuchins, and thus cappuccino was created.

Born

• 17 November 1631 at Aviano, Italy as Carlo Domenico Cristofori

Died

• 13 August 1699 of cancer in Vienna, Austria

Venerated

• 6 July 1991 by Pope John Paul II (decree of heroic virtues)

Beatified

• 27 April 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

God knows that the scope of all of my works is only to do His will. My only interest is God's glory and the good of souls. I am always an obedient son of Holy Mother Church and am ready to shed my blood and give my life for Her. - Blessed Mark of Aviano

Blessed Mark of Aviano shone with holiness as his soul burned with a longing for prayer, silence and adoration of God's mystery. This contemplative who journeyed along the highways of Europe was the centre of a wide-reaching spiritual renewal, thanks to his courageous preaching that was accompanied by numerous miracles. An unarmed prophet of divine mercy, he was impelled by circumstances to be actively committed to defending the freedom and unity of Christian Europe. Blessed Mark of Aviano reminds the European continent, opening up in these years to new prospects of cooperation, that its unity will be sounder if it is based on its common Christian roots. - Pope John Paul II in his homily at the beatification of Blessed Mark of Aviano

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-mark-of-aviano/


Saint Maximus the Confessor

Also known as

• Maximus of Constantinople
• Maximus Confessor
• Maximus the Theologian
• Maximus Homogoletes

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Born to the Byzantine nobility. Chief secretary to Emperor Heraclius, a post he resigned to become a monk at Chrysopolis. Spiritual student of Saint Sophronius. Abbot of Chrysopolis. His community broke up in 626 due to Persian invasion. Maximus fled to Alexandria, Egypt, then to Carthage, and then Rome, Italy. Worked with Pope Martin I against Monothelist heresy, and attended the Lateran Council of 649.

Falsely accused of treason due to his defense of orthodox Christianity, he was arrested and forcibly returned to Constantinople. He spent years in prison misery, and at age 82 received his final sentence: he was flogged, his tongue cut out, his right hand cut off, he was exhibited in the streets as an example to the people, and was sent into exile at Skhemeris on the Black Sea, where he died soon after. He is best remembered today for his mystical, ascetical, and theological writings, and for his steadfast belief that the purpose of all history was the Incarnation.

Born

• c.580 at Constantinople

Died

• 13 August 662 at Batum near the Black Sea of natural causes
• strange lights reported hovering near his tomb

Readings

The extremities of the earth, and all in every part of it who purely and rightly confess the Lord look directly towards the most holy Roman Church and its confession and faith, as it were to a sun of unfailing light, awaiting from it the bright radiance of the sacred dogmas of our Fathers according to what the six inspired and holy councils have purely and piously decreed, declaring most expressly the symbol of faith. For from the coming down of the incarnate Word amongst us, all the Churches in every part of the world have held that greatest Church alone as their base and foundation, seeing that according to the promise of Christ our Saviour, the gates of hell do never prevail against it, that it has the keys of a right confession and faith in Him, that it opens the true and only religion to such as approach with piety, and shuts up and locks every heretical mouth that speaks injustice against the Most High. - Saint Maximus To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil - such belongs to a perfect spiritual love. - Saint Maximus

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Saint Nerses Glaietsi

Also known as

• Chnorhali
• Nerses the Gracious

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Uncle of Saint Nerces Lambronazi. Worked for the union of the Greek and Armenian churches, and of the Armenian church with Rome. Bishop of the Armenians in 1166. Noted poet in his native language.

Born

• 1102

Died

• 1173

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Blessed Pascual Araguàs y Guàrdia

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 17 May 1899 in Pont de Claverol, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-pascual-araguas-y-guardia/


Blessed Pedro Martret y Molet

Also known as

• Pere Martret y Moles

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 5 July 1901 in La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell, Lleida, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-pedro-martret-y-molet/


Pope Saint Pontian

Also known as

• Pontianus

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Son of Calpurnius. Chosen 18th pope in 230. Ended the schism of Hippolytus and reconciled the schismatics with the Church. Exiled with Saint Hippolytus by emperor Maximinus Thrax to Sardinia and sentenced to work in the mines, he abdicated the papacy on 28 September 235 so a new man could lead the Church.

Born

• at Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension

• 21 July 230
• abdicated on 28 September 235

Died

• 235 at Sardinia from the terrible treatment received in the mines
• remains brought to Rome, Italy by Pope Saint Fabian and buried in the catacomb of Callistus

http://saints.sqpn.com/pope-saint-pontian/


Saint Radegunde

Also known as

• Radegund, Rhadegund, Radegonde, Radigund, Radegundes

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Princess of Thuringia. Queen of France. Daughter of the pagan king Berthachar of Thuringia. She was given at age 12 to Clotaire I as a hostage after he conquered her father's army in 531. The girl converted to Christianity during her captivity, and 540 she was married against her will to Clotaire who then badly mistreated her, partly for being childless. In 555 she finally left him and took the veil from Saint Medard. Deaconess at Noyon, France. She founded the convent of the Holy Cross, Poiters, France; among the many relics in its chapel was a piece of the True Cross. She placed the house under the Rule of Saint Caesarius of Arles, and lived there her remaining 30 years; it became a center of scholarship. Spiritual student of Saint John of Chinon. Friend of Saint Fortunatus, who composed his hymn Vexilla Regis in her honor. She was very active in the affairs of the Church and civil politics, and gained a repuation as a peacemaker. Jesus College in Cambridge was originally dedicated to her.

Born

• 518 in Erfurt, Saxony

Died

• 13 August 587 in Poitiers, France of natural causes
• relics burned by Calvinists in 1562

Patronage

• against drowning
• against fever
• against leprosy
• against scabies
• against scabs
• against the death of parents
• against ulcers
• difficult marriages
• potters
• weavers
• Poitiers, France

Representation

• receiving an apparition of Our Lord

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-radegunde/


Blessed Silvestre Arnau y Pascuet

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Priest in the diocese of Urgell, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

• 30 May 1911 in Gòsol, Berguedà, Barcelona, Spain

Died

• 13 August 1936 at Salàs de Pallars, Pallars Jussà, Lleida, Spain

Venerated

• 19 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)

Beatified

• 29 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-silvestre-arnau-y-pascuet/


Saint Wigbert of Fritzlar

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Missionary who worked with Saint Boniface. May have been a monk in Glastonbury. He arrived in Germany c.734. Abbot of the monastery of Hersfeld, Hesse. Spiritual teacher of Saint Sturmi of Fulda. Abbot of Ohrdruf, Thuringia in 737. He later retired to Hersfeld where he spent his remaining days as a prayerful monk.

Born

• c.675 in England

Died

• c.746 at Hersfeld, Germany of natural causes following a long illness
• buried at Fritzlar, Germany
• relics moved to Büraburg Castle in 774 to save them from invading Saxons
• relics transferred to Hersfeld abbey in 780
• relics re-interred in a church built for them in the abbey in 850
• the church burned in 1037
• surviving relics re-interred in the new church in 1144
• the church burned in 1761, destroying the remaining relics

Patronage

• Bad Hersfeld, Germany

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-wigbert-of-fritzlar/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners
• Blessed Connor O'Rourke
• Blessed Gertrudis (Dorothy) Llamazares Fernández
• Blessed Giovanni Agramunt
• Blessed Giuseppe Bonet Nadal
• Blessed Modesto Garcia Martì
• Blessed Patrizio O'Healy
• Blessed Pietro Gabilhaud
• Blessed Secondino Maria Ortega Garcia e compagni
• Blessed William Freeman
• Saint Antioco of Lyon
• Saint Irene Hungarian
• Saint Peter of Santa Maria Lara • Saint Simone of Santa Maria Lara • Saint Sventiboldo
• Spanish Claretian Martyrs

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