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Optional Memorial of Saint Henry, Holy Roman Emperor

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My Bible History - Old Testament #43 - The Faithfulness of Ruth, by by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Blessed Mariano de Jesus Eues Hoyos

Also known as

Padre Marianito

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Eldest son of a religious rural Colombian family in a time when the state was hostile to the Church. From age 16 he wanted to become a priest; he entered the new Medellin Seminary at age 24, and was ordained in 1872. Worked in the parishes of San Pedro and Yarumel, and in 1878 he was assigned as priest to Angostura, Colombia where he spent the rest of his life.

Mariano had a great love for the poor, especially rural labourers. His preaching was simple and effective, his time spent ministering to the spiritual and social needs of his flock, and the people who knew him considered him a saint in life. However, his parish was in an area beset by civil war, and neither side seemed sympathetic to the Church; several times Mariano had to hide in nearby caves to escape the fighting.

Padre Marianito was beatified after confirmation of a miracle in the life of Father Rafael Gildardo Velez Saldarriaga of Medellin. Velez underwent prostate surgery in 1970; in 1982 he developed cancer on the scar. He had surgery, cobalt and estrogen therapies, and seemed to have recovered. In March 1987 he developed an oedema of the legs that turned into elephantiasis followed by metastasis of the spinal column, and the 75 year old priest was pronounced terminal. But in September 1987 he began to improve. In two months the oedema was reduced, the cellulitis and bone metastasis had disappeared. Doctors and scientists examined Father Velez in June 1991, and declared his cure had no scientific explanation. Additional analyses carried out in 1997 showed complete recovery, and on 4 April 1998, the Medical Commission of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints acknowledged unanimously that the priest's cure could not be scientifically explained, and was attributed to Padre Marianito's intercession.

Born

14 October 1845 at Yarumal, diocese of Antioquía, Colombia

Died

13 July 1926 at Angostura, Antioquia, Colombia of severe urinary system infections

Beatified

• 9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II
• first Colombian to be beatified

Patronage

against cancer

Readings

I have already lived long enough. Now my greatest desire is to be united to my Jesus. - Blessed Mariano on his death bed

[Father Mariano] knew how to integrate himself totally in the life of the people, sharing in the sorrows and joys of all. For all of them he was a diligent Father, teacher and trustworthy counselor, and a faithful witness of Christ's love among them. The poor, whom he called 'Christ's nobles,' were his favorites. He never hesitated to use his own goods to alleviate the penury and indigence of the weakest. He frequently visited the sick, and was available at all times of the day and night to help them. He took care of children and youth with infinite gentleness and simplicity to lead them on the road of good habits and prudence. - Vatican Information Office

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mariano-de-jesus-eues-hoyos/


Saint Henry II

Also known as

• Good King Henry
• Heinrich, Duke of Bavaria

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Son of Gisella of Burgundy and Henry II the Quarrelsome, Duke of Bavaria. Educated at the cathedral school in Hildesheim by bishop Wolfgang of Regensburg. Became Duke of Bavaria himself in 995 upon his father's death, which ended Henry's thoughts of becoming a priest. Ascended to the throne of Germany in 1002. Crowned King of Pavia, Italy on 15 May 1004. Married Saint Cunegunda, but was never a father. Some sources claim the two lived celibately, but there is no evidence either way.

Henry's brother rebelled against his power, and Henry was forced to defeat him on the battlefield, but later forgave him, and the two reconciled. Henry was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1014 by Pope Benedict VIII; he was the last of the Saxon dynasty of emperors. Founded schools, quelled rebellions, protected the frontiers, worked to establish a stable peace in Europe, and to reform the Church while respecting its independence. Fostered missions, and established Bamberg, Germany as a center for missions to Slavic countries. Started the construction of the cathedral at Basel, Switzerland; it took nearly 400 years to complete. Both Henry and Saint Cunegunda were prayerful people, and generous to the poor.

At one point he was cured of an unnamed illness by the touch of Saint Benedict of Nursia at Monte Cassino. He became somewhat lame in his later years. Widower. Following Cunegunda's death, he considered becoming a monk, but the abbot of Saint-Vanne at Verdun, France refused his application, and told him to keep his place in the world where he could do much good for people and the advancement of God's kingdom.

Born

6 May 972 at Albach, Hildesheim, Bavaria, Germany

Died

13 July 1024 at Pfalz Grona, near Göttingen, Saxony (in modern Germany) of natural causes

Canonized

1146 by Pope Blessed Eugene III

Patronage

• against sterility
• childless people
• disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people
• dukes
• kings
• people rejected by religious orders
• diocese of Bamberg, Germany
• Basel, Switzerland
• Benedictine Oblates

Video

YouTube PlayList

Storefront

medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-henry-ii/


Blessed Ferdinando Maria Baccilieri

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Raised in a pious family, he was educated by the Barnabites in Bologna, Italy and the Jesuits in Ferrara, Italy. Jesuit novice in Rome, Italy in 1838, but health problems force him to drop out and return home. When he improved, he studied theology in Ferrara, and was ordained in 1844.

Noted spiritual director and preacher of home missions. He taught Italian and Latin at the seminary in Finale Emilia, Italy, and studied civil and canon law at the Pontifical University of Bologna, Italy. In 1851 the Archbishop of Bologna asked him to administer a troubled parish in Galeazza, Italy. He was so successful at renewing his flock that he was appointed him the parish priest; he stayed for 41 years.

In 1867 Father Ferdinand lost his voice, and was forced to write out his lessons and have others deliver them. With his public work restricted, he concentrated on one-to-one spiritual direction, hearing confessions up to 16 hours at a time. His direction, and his personal holiness, attracted so many spiritual students that without his planning it, a religious congregation formed around the parish. The Confraternity of the Sorrowful Mother was founded to teach poor girls in the area. Later, the Servite Third Order was established. In 1862 he opened a small convent for the members, and in 1866 they were formalized under the rule of the Mantellate Servile Sisters of Rome; the community was approved by the Archbishop of Bologna in 1899, and by the Vatican in 1919. The Confraternity continues its work today in Italy, Germany, Brazil, South Korea and the Czech Republic.

Born

14 May 1821 in Campodoso (modern Modena), Italy

Died

13 July 1893 of natural causes

Beatified

3 October 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ferdinando-maria-baccilieri/


Saint Mildred of Thanet

Also known as

• Mildred of Minster
• Mildthryth...

Memorial

• 18 May (translation of relics)
• 20 February (translation of relics)

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Daughter of Merewalh, King of Mercia, and Saint Ermenburga of Thanet. Sister of Saint Milburga and Saint Mildgytha. Educated at the convent school of Chelles, near Paris, France. Rejected an offer of marriage, and entered the convent of Minster on the Isle of Thanet, a house which was founded by her mother, is still in use, and is one of the oldest continuously occupied structures in Britain. Benedictine nun. Worked with Saint Theodore of Canterbury. Abbess at Minster where one of her novices of Saint Edburga. Noted for her generosity to the poor, and special attention to social outcasts. Yearly pilgrimages to her relics at Minster continue to today.

Died

• c.700 of natural causes
• relics first enshrined at Canterbury, England
• relics translated to Deventer, the Netherlands
• part of the relics have been translated to Minster, England

Canonized

1388 by Pope Urban VI

Representation

• Benedictine nun accompanied by a hart, usually white
• Benedictine nun holding a church
• Benedictine nun with three geese

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mildred-of-thanet/


Blessed James of Voragine

Also known as

• James of Varazze
• James of Viraggio
• James of Genoa
• Giacomo, Jacob, Jacobus, Jacopo

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Dominican in 1244 at age 14. Taught theology and Bible study. Prior of his house in Genoa, Italy. Provincial of Lombardy from 1267 to 1286 where he was a noted preacher. Chosen archbishop of Genoa in 1286, but refused the position. Genoa was placed under interdict for supporting a revolt against the King of Naples; Pope Nicholas IV apppointed James to raised the interdict in 1288. Again chosen archbishop of Genoa in 1292, and this time he was ordered to accept.

He tried to reconcile the warring Guelphs and Ghibellines, was generous to the poor, built and repaired churches, monasteries, and hospitals. He worked to insure clerical discipline, and is reported to have translated the Bible into Italian, though no copies have survived. Wrote the Legenda Aurea Sanctorum (The Golden Legend), a collection of scores of tales of the saints; it has become an invaluable source for information on the middle ages, and reading it led Saint Ignatius of Loyola to a conversion experience.

Born

c.1226 at Varazze (modern Voragine), diocese of Savona, Italy (near Genoa)

Died

13 July 1298 in Genoa, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

11 May 1816 by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmation)

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


Esdras the Prophet

Also known as

Ezra

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Priest and scribe who left Babylon in the 7th year of Artaxerxes (458 B.C.) with a caravan of 1,800 Jewish exiles, to return to Jerusalem. The Persian king had given Esdras a letter ordering the satraps beyond the Euphrates to aid him to enforce observance of the Mosaic Law in Judea. Esdras brought with him an exemption from taxation for the temple officials, and gifts from Artaxerxes and the Jews of Babylon. With these the temple worship was to be enhanced and subsidized. Within a year mixed marriages, of which even priests had been guilty, were dissolved. In 444 B.C., after the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt, the Law was read to the assembled multitude, whereupon the Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement were observed. There followed the renewal of the Covenant, which all solemnly agreed to keep. By Esdras and Nehemias the restoration of the Law was effected. The measures which Esdras himself effected determined in great part the organization and practise of later Judaism. The Talmud assigns to him the compilation of the Books of Paralipomenon. He is also credited with the collection of the canonical books of the Old Testament extant in his time. Jewish tradition regards him as the author of the Books of Esdras.

http://catholicsaints.info/esdras-the-prophet/


Saint Clelia Barbieri

Also known as

Cloelia Barbieri

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From her earliest life, Clelia paid no attention to this world, focused solely on the spiritual life. Founded the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows who concentrate on ministering in hospitals and elementary schools to the sick, the aged, the lonely, and a prayer ministry for the poor. Since her death, her voice has been heard in the houses of her order, accompanying her sisters in song.

Born

13 February 1847 at Bundrie di San Giovanni, Persiceto, Italy

Died

13 July 1870 at Bologna, Italy of tuberculosis

Canonized

9 April 1989 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

• Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows
• people ridiculed for their piety

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-clelia-barbieri/


Blessed Berthold of Scheide

Also known as

Berthold of Scheda

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Older brother of Blessed Menrich of Lübeck. Priest. Member of the Premonstratensians. Lay brother at the Scheide monastery near Fröndenberg-on-der-Ruhr, Westphalia (in modern Germany). Hermit at Berg Haslei. There he started speaking out against immorality, standing in the shade of a large oak tree where so many would-be spiritual students gathered that he built a hermitage and chapel to minister to them; that chapel had an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary that his father had brought from the Holy Land. With Blessed Menrich, he founded the Cistercian convent of Vrundeberg Abbey in Westphalia.

Born

12th century near Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein (in modern Germany)

Died

• c.1214 of natural causes
• buried at the Scheda monastery near Fröndenberg-on-der-Ruhr, Westphalia (in modern Germany)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-berthold-of-scheide/


Blessed Thomas Tunstal

Also known as

• Thomas Helmes
• Thomas Dyer

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Benedictine. Studied at the seminary in Douai, France. Priest. He returned to England to minister to covert Catholics, using false names to hide from the authorities. Martyred for the crime of priesthood in the persecutions of King James I.

Born

Norwich, Norforlk, England

Died

hanged on 13 July 1616 in Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

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


Saint Eugene of Carthage

Also known as

Eugenius

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Bishop of Carthage, North Africa in 481. Exiled to the desert of Tripoli with many of his parishioners, some of them children, by Arian Vandals. They were allowed to return in 488, but Eugene was exiled again in 496, and he eventually settled in Albi, Italy.

Died

505 in Albi, Italy of the mistreatment suffered in exile

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eugene-of-carthage/


Saint Serapion of Alexandria

Also known as

Serapione

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Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Septimius Severus and governor Aquila.

Died

burned alive c.248 in Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-serapion-of-alexandria-13-july/


Saint Arno of Würzburg

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Bishop of Würzburg, Germany in 855. Helped organize Crusaders from Bohemia, Moravia and Normandy. Killed by pagan Slavs while he was celebrating Mass. Martyr.

Born

9th century

Died

13 July 892 at Chemnitz, Saxony (in modern Germany)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arno-of-wurzburg/


Saint Turiaf of Dol

Also known as

Thivisiau, Tuien, Turiav, Turiave, Turiavus, Turien, Turiano, Turiavo

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Born to the 8th century French nobility. Monk. Abbot. Priest, ordained by Saint Sampson. Bishop of Dol, Brittany, France.

Born

in Brittany, France

Died

c.750 of natural causes

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


Blessed Jean of France

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Mercedarian friar. Travelling through Algiers and north Africa from 1398 to 1401, he was repeatedly abused and tortured, but freed 128 Christians who had been enslaved by Muslims.

Died

1401 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jean-of-france/


Saint Myrope

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Noted for her many pilgrimages to the graves of martyrs. Hid the relics of Saint Isidore from persecutors, for which action she was imprisoned and scourged.

Born

Chios, Greece

Died

c.251 in prison from the effects of torture

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


Saint Serapion of Macedonia

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Zealous evangelist who brought many pagans to the faith. Martyred in the persecutions of Septimus Severus.

Died

burned alive c.195, probably in Macedonia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-serapion-of-macedonia/


Joel the Prophet

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Minor Old Testament prophet. Author of the canonical Book of Joel. Nothing is known about the man or his life.

http://catholicsaints.info/joel-the-prophet/


Saint Salutaris of Carthage

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Exiled from Carthage, North Africa to the desert of Tripoli by Arian Vandals. Martyr.

Died

505

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salutaris-of-carthage/


Saint Muritta of Carthage

Profile

Exiled from Carthage, North Africa to the desert of Tripoli by Arian Vandals. Martyr.

Died

505

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-muritta-of-carthage/


Saint Dogfan

Also known as

Doewan

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Son of the chieftain Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog. Martyr.

Died

5th century in Dyfed, Wales

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


Saint Sarra of Egypt

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Fifth-century desert hermitess in Egypt known for her piety, discipline and extremely ascetic life.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sarra-of-egypt/


Saint Paulus Liu Jinde

Also known as

Baolu, Paul

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

Profile

Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. During the persecutions of the Boxer Rebellion, all the other members of his village renounced Christianity to save their lives. Paulus, instead, went out to meet the Boxers with a rosary and prayer book. Martyr.

Born

c.1821 in Lanziqiao, Hengshui, Hebei, China

Died

13 July 1900 in Lanziqiao, Hengshui, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paulus-liu-jinde/


Saint Iosephus Wang Kuiju

Also known as

• Joseph Wang Guiji
• Ruose

Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

Profile

Layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1863 in Nangong, Jizhou, Hebei, China

Died

13 July 1900 in Nangong, Jizhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-iosephus-wang-kuiju/


Blessed Thérèse-Henriette Faurie

Also known as

Marie of the Annunciation

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Sacramentine nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

13 February 1770 in Sérignan, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-therese-henriette-faurie/


Blessed Élisabeth Verchière

Also known as

Madeleine of the Mother of God

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Sacramentine nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

2 January 1769 in Bollène, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elisabeth-verchiere/


Blessed Marie-Anastasie de Roquard

Also known as

Sister Saint Gervase

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Ursuline nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

5 October 1749 in Bollène, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-anastasie-de-roquard/


Blessed Anne-Andrée Minutte

Also known as

Sister Saint Alexis

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Sacramentine nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

4 February 1740 in Sérignan, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anne-andree-minutte/


Blessed Marie-Anne Lambert

Also known as

Sister Saint Francis

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Ursuline nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

17 August 1742 in Pierrelatte, Drôme, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-anne-lambert/


Blessed Marie-Anne Depeyre

Also known as

Saint Saint Frances

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

Profile

Ursuline nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

2 October 1756 in Tulette, Drôme, France

Died

guillotined on 13 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-anne-depeyre/


Blessed Barthélemy Jarrige de La Morelie de Biars

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Priest of the diocese of Limoges, France. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

18 March 1753 in Moutier, Haute-Vienne, France

Died

13 July 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-barthelemy-jarrige-de-la-morelie-de-biars/


Blessed Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam

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Franciscan Capuchin priest. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

19 December 1741 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Died

13 July 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-louis-armand-joseph-adam/


Saint Emanuele Lê Van Phung

Also known as

Emmanuel Le Van Phung

Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

Profile

Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of West Cochinchina (in modern Vietnam). Father and catechist; he built a church, a convent for the Daughters of Mary, a home for missionaries, and a college. Arrested on 7 January 1859 in the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc for the crime of harboring a priest. While in prison, Emmanuele continued to urge his family to cling to their faith and show charity to the persecutors. Martyr.

Born

c.1796 in Ðau Nuoc, Cù Lao Giêng, Vietnam

Died

• beheaded on 13 July 1859 in Châu Ðoc, An Giang, Vietnam
• buried in Ðau Nuoc, Cù Lao Giêng, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emanuele-le-van-phung/


Martyrs of Cyprus

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300 Christians who retired to Cyprus to live as cave hermits, devoting themselves to prayer and an ascetic life devoted to God. Tortured and martyred for their faith, and their bodies dumped in the various caves in which they had lived. We know the names of five of them, but no other details even about them – Ammon, Choulélaios, Epaphroditus, Eusthénios and Héliophotos.

Died

• beheaded in the 12th century on Cyprus
• body dumped in the cave where he had lived, and only rediscovered long afterwards

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


Martyrs of Philomelio

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31 soldiers martyred for their faith in the persecutions of prefect Magno, date unknown. The only name that has come down to us is Alexander.

Died

Philomelio, Phrygia (in modern Turkey)

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Grace of Valsorda
• Our Lady of Soccorso
• Martyrs of Alexandria
• Britta of Balagny
• Cruimther Fionntain of Cill-Airthir
• Ernin of Inis-Caoin
• Ernst of Neresheim
• Fintan of Killerr
• Francesco da Casale
• Giustina
• Golindouch
• Maura of Balagny
• Silas
• Siree of Kurdistan
• Stephen the Hymnographer


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