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The more miserable I am the more ought I to confide in the mercy of God. - Saint Francis

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

Patronage

Montaldo Scarampi, Italy

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Mechtilde of Helfta

Also known as

• Mechtilde of Hackeborn-Wippra
• Mechtilde of Hackenborn
• Mechtilde of Magdaburg
• Mathilda, Mathildis, Matilda, Maud, Mechthild, Mechtild, Mechtildis

Additional Memorial

26 February in some Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries

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Born to a pious, powerful Thuringian noble family; her older sister was a nun. Convent-educated from age seven, Mechtilde became a nun at Rodersdorf, Switzerland. She moved to the Helfta monastery in 1258 where her sister served as abbess. Teacher and choir director at the convent school at Helfta. Visionary and mystic. Novice mistress for Saint Gertrude the Great who wrote The Book of Special Grace about Mechtilde's teachings; she was initially terrified that the book might cause trouble, but Christ appeared to her in prayer and told her not to worry. She became a much sought spiritual advisor to her sister nuns, laity and learned Dominicans. May have been the inspiration for the character Matelda in Dante's Purgatorio.

Born

c.1241 at her family's castle of Helfta near Eisleben, Saxony, Germany

Died

19 November 1298 at Helfta monastery of natural causes

Patronage

against blindess (one well-known miracle was healing the blindness of a nun)

Representation

• dove on a book
• healing a blind nun
• receiving a vision of Mary
• with Saint Gertrude the Great

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YouTube PlayList

Readings

There has never before been anyone like her in our monastery, and I fear there never will be again. - Saint Gertrude of Helfta, about Saint Mechtilde

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mechtilde-of-helfta/


Obadiah the Prophet

Also known as

Abdias, Abdis

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Old Testament prophet whose writings are dated between the 9th and 5th centuries before Christ. Outside of the text, which announces the punishment of the enemies of Israel, nothing is known about him.

Name Meaning

servant of the Lord

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


Saint Barlaam of Antioch

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Uneducated Christian peasant. Jailed for his faith during the persecution of Diocletian. Brought to trial in 304, he was scourged, racked, tortured, and ordered to deny his faith; he refused. In an effort to make it look as though Barlaam were making an incense offering to an idol, the judge had the prisoner's hand covered in incense, then held over the coals of a brazier. He thought that when Barlaam flinched from the pain, the incense would fall in the fire, he could declare that Barlaam had made sacrifice, and he could be turned loose as an example. Instead, Barlaam never flinched. When his entire hand had burned off, the judge gave up and had him murdered. Martyr.

Born

Antioch

Died

304 at Caesarea, Cappadocia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barlaam-of-antioch/


Saint Ebbe of Minster-in-Thanet

Also known as

• Aebbe of Minster-in-Thanet
• Domina Aebbe
• Domneva, Ermenburga, Ermenburgh
• Lady Ebba

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Daughter of Prince Eormenred of Kent, England; grand-daughter of King Edbald. Sister of Saint Ermengitha, Saint Etheldreda, Saint Ethelred, and Saint Ethelbert of Eastry. Married to King Merewalh of Magonset. Mother of Saint Mildred of Thanet, Saint Milburga, and Saint Milgitha, and a son named Merefin who died very young.

In 664, Ebbe's cousin Egbert ascended to the throne of Kent. Worried about claims to the crown by Ethelred and Ethelbert, Egbert had them murdered. He later repented of the crime, and offered Queen Ebbe compensation for the loss (weregild). Ebbe chose a gift of as much land as her tame doe could run around in one course; the king agreed, and the Isle of Thanet was chosen as the site. The king's advisor, Thunor, who had recommended the murders, accused Ebbe of witchcraft, mounted his horse, and set off in pursuit of the doe; the earth promptly opened and swallowed him. The doe circled a large plot of land, which became the site of the monastery of Minster-on-Thanet, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin; today the area is known as Ebbsfleet in memory of Ebbe. On the death of King Merewalh in 673, Ebbe entered the convent as its first abbess.

Born

7th century Kent, England

Died

19 November 694 at Minster-in-Thanet, Kent, England of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ebbe-of-minster-in-thanet/


Blessed James Benfatti

Also known as

• James Benefatti
• James of Mantua
• Father of the Poor

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Dominican at Mantua, Italy in 1290. Doctor of theology. Priest. Friend and brother friar with Nicholas Boccasino who later became Pope Benedict XI, and for whom James held several support offices including papal legate. Bishop of Mantua in 1303. Noted for his devotion to the poor, and his care for the sick during a plague epidemic. Rebuilt his cathedral and refurbished churches. Papal legate for Pope John XXII.

Born

late 13th century at Mantua, Italy

Died

• 19 November 1332 at Mantua, Italy of natural causes
• body found incorrupt when exhumed in 1480
• body found incorrupt when exhumed in 1604

Beatified

1859 (cultus confirmed) by Pope Pius IX

Prayers

Eternal God, you established Blessed James as a model for your flock and made him renowned for his zeal for peace and for his mercy towards your people. By his prayers and example may we be united in the truth of your word and ever ardent in your divine love. 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-james-benfatti/


Blessed Alexandre Planas Saurí

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Deaf layman in the archdiocese of Barcelona, Spain. Member of the Salesian Cooperators whom he considered his family. Skiled sculptor. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

31 October 1878 in Mataró, Barcelona, Spain

Died

shot on 19 November 1936 in Garraf, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alexandre-planas-sauri/


Blessed Eliseo García y García

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Member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joining in 1932. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

25 August 1907 in El Manzano, Salamanca, Spain

Died

shot on 19 November 1936 in Garraf, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-eliseo-garcia-y-garcia/


Saint Atto of Tordino

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Benedictine monk. First Abbot of Tordino Abbey near Teramo, Italy in 1004.

Died

• c.1010
• pilgrims used to drink the water that dripped from the ceiling above his tomb on Pentecost
• tomb and relics have long since been destroyed

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-atto-of-tordino/


Saint Azas of Isauria

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One of about 150 Christian soldiers martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

304 in Isauria, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-azas-of-isauria/


Saint Exuperius of Vienne

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Martyred in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius.

Died

170 in Vienne, France

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


Saint Felician of Vienne

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Martyred in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius.

Died

170 in Vienne, France

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


Saint James of Sasseau

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Army officer, he travelled extensively. He was eventually assigned to Gaul where he retired. Priest at Clermont, France. Benedictine monk at Bourges, France. Hermit at Sasseau, France.

Born

at Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)

Died

c.865 of natural causes

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


Saint Maximus of Caesarea

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Rural itinerant bishop. Martyr.

Died

255 at Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximus-of-caesarea/


Saint Maximus of Rome

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Priest. Martyred in the persecutions of Valerian.

Died

• c.255 on the Appian Way in Rome, Italy
• interred in the catacombs of Saint Xystus, Rome

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximus-of-rome/


Saint Medana

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Eighth century consecrated virgin who lived most of her life in the area of Galloway, Scotland.

Born

Ireland

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


Saint Nerses the Great

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Educated at Cappadocia. Married a princess of the Mamikonian family. Father of Saint Isaac the Great. Catholicos in 353. When some of his proposed reforms displeased King Arshak III, Nerses was exiled until recalled in 369 by King Pap - who murdered him by poisoning 4 years later.

Died

poisoned in 373

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nerses-the-great/


Saint Severinus of Vienne

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Martyred in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius.

Died

martyred in 170 in Vienne, France

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


Saint Tuto

Also known as

Toto, Totto

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Founded Ottobeuren Abbey in Ottobeuren, Germany in 764.

Died

815

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Providence
• Martyrs of Heraclea
• Barlaam of Caves
• Corbre of Anglesey
• David of Augsburg
• Egbert of York
• Eudon of Le Puy
• Simon of Mount Mercury


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