• Ignazio da Santhia
• Lawrence Belvisotti
• Lorenzo Maurizio Belvisotti
• Maurice Belvisotti
Ordained in 1710 in the diocese of Vercelli, Italy. Parish priest for six years. He was offered a position of authority in the diocese, but declined, and on 24 May 1716 he became a novice in the Capuchins of Turin, Italy, taking the name Ignatius, and beginning 54 years of service in the Order.
He was under the direction of a novice half his age, which Father Ignatius accepted with humility. In 1717 he was assigned to the convent at Saluzzo, Italy, and served as sacristan. Novice master at Chieri, Italy. Sacristan at Capuchin Hill, Turin in 1723, a convent with 87 priests. Novice master at Mondovi from 1731 to 1744. An eye illness forced him to give up the position for nearly two years.
When he recovered he became head chaplain of the armies of the King of Piedmont who were fighting invading Franco-Hispanic forces. He was noted for his work in the field as minister, and with the injured. After the war he returned to life at Capuchin Hill where he served as confessor and religious instructor to lay brothers. In his later years he spent his days visiting the sick and the poor of Turin, and ministering to the thousands that came daily to Capuchin Hill for his blessing.
5 June 1686 in Santhià, Vercelli, Italy as Maurice Belvisotti
22 September 1770 of natural causes in Turin, Italy
19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy
Mauritius, Moritz, Morris
Layman. Soldier. Officer in a legion of Christian soldiers from Upper Egypt during the reign of Emperor Maximian Herculeus. His legion, as many as 6600 men, was massacred en masse by their own side when they refused to participate in pagan sacrifices prior to battle. One of the Martyrs of the Theban Legion.
c.287 at Agaunum, an area of modern Switzerland
• against cramps
• against gout
• alpine troops
• cloth dyers
• Pontifical Swiss Guards
• diocese of Angers, France
• diocese of Magdeburg, Germany
• 4 cities
• soldier being executed with other soldiers
• knight (sometimes a Moor) in full armour, bearing a standard and a palm
• knight in armour with a red cross on his breast, which is the badge of the Sardinian Order of Saint Maurice
Raised in a pagan family, Settimio received a good education and was a professional soldier. While in Italy, he converted to Christianity, and began to preach the faith. He was forced to flee from Milan, Italy in 303 during the persecutions of Diocletian. In Rome he became known for his preaching and bringing converts to the faith, even during a time of persecution. Consecrated as the first bishop of Jesi, Italy by Pope Saint Marcellus I. In Jesi, he built the first cathedral of the diocese, but a judge named Florentius ordered Settimio to sacrifice to pagan gods. Bishop Settimio ignored the order, continued to preach, performed miracles, and converted many in the city. For his refusal, he was executed. Martyr.
• beheaded in Jesi, Italy
• though his place of burial was lost, by 1208 the cathedral was named for him
• relics re-discovered in 1469 and enshrined in the Jesi cathedral
• relics re-enshrined in a new altar in 1623
• Jesi, Italy, city of
• Jesi, Italy, diocese of
A pious milk maid and servant, known for her charity to the poor. On two occasions, in response to her prayers, springs of fresh water erupted out of the ground, once from solid rock; the water from the latter was said to cure a leper who washed in it. Once when she was about to give away a bucket of fresh milk to the poor, her employer caught her and asked what she was carrying; she told him it was a bucket of lye, and when he looked, the milk had, indeed, turned to lye.
• c.1057 in Suffersheim, Bavaria, Germany of natural causes
• her burial site was chosen by the oxen that were pulling the wagon as they stopped at a particular spot and would go no further
• after miracles were reported at her grave, a chapel was built over it
• woman with a bucket of milk and/or a block of cheese, and a cow
• woman with a pitcher of milk
cattle, lepers, servants
Laud, Laudo, Laudus, Launus, Lô
Bishop of Coutances, France in 528; he served for 40 years. Participated in the conclave of bishops in Angers, France c.529. Noted for his healing miracles, especially of eye problems. The town of Briovere and Lauto's estate became the modern city of Saint-Lô in northern France, and a healing spring at Courcy, France dedicated to him is a pilgrimage site.
c.568 of natural causes
• blind people; against blindness
• Coutances, France, diocese of
Born to the nobility, the daughter of Duke Gundoin of Alsace; sister of Saint Bodo. She went blind as a child, but was healed by Saint Eustace of Luxeuil. Married, but widowed after two months. Married to Saint Blandinus of Laon. Mother of five, including Saint Baldwin and Saint Anstrudis of Laon. Their children grown, Sadalberga and Blandinus separated, each to enter religious life. Nun at Poulangey. Worked with Saint Waldebert of Luxeuil to found the convent of Saint John the Baptist in Laon, France, and served as its abbess.
c.665 in Laon, France
Giovanni Battista Bonetto
A physically small and very humble man, Giovanni joined the Franciscan friars in Turin, Italy in 1635, and was assigned to the house in Piobesi Torinese. Priest. Sent to north Africa as a missionary to the Muslim Moors, his public preaching of Christianity led to him being arrested, tortured, dragged through the street by horses and excuted. Martyr.
early 17th century in Pont Canavese, Turin, Italy
• burned to death on 22 September 1654 in Tripoli, Libya
• a knight of Malta who witnessed the execution later had a vision of Giovanni in heaven
Priest and noted preacher in Bavaria, Germany. Abbot of a monastery in Regensburg, Germany. Bishop of Regensburg. Murdered on the road on his way to Rome, Italy. He is honoured as a martyr in some areas, but his killers may have just been highway robbers.
• killed c.690
• relics in the monastery in Regensburg, Germany
• Augustinus Yu Jin-Gil
• Augustinus Yu Chin-gil
• Auguseutino, Augustine
Married layman catechist in the apstolic vicariate of Korea. Wrote to Pope Gregory XVI, asking for missionaries and priests to Korea. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred for his faith.
1791 in Jo Dong, Seoul, South Korea
beheaded on 22 September 1839 in Seoul, Korea
6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II
Priest in 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.
21 August 1745 in Bénévent, Creuse, France
22 September 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France
1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II
Fiorenzo, Florence, Florent-le-Vieux
Spiritual student of Saint Martin of Tours who ordained him and sent him to evangelize in Poitou, France. Hermit at Mount Glonne in Anjou, France. His reputation for holiness spread and he attracted so many spiritual students that he built a monastery for them; it was later known as Saint-Florent-le-Vieux.
Consecrated virgins, an early version of a nun. When dragged to court for the crime of Christianity during the persecutions of Valerian, they simply stood in front of the judge and prayed. Martyrs.
• c.259 in Rome, Italy
• relics enshrined in the church of Saint Marcellus in Rome
Cistercian monk. Priest. Bishop of Freising, Germany. Adopted the Gregorian reforms for his diocese. Throughout his episcopacy, he wore the Cistercian habit and attended to all his duties as a monk as well as bishop.
1158 at the Cistercian monastery of Morimond, France of natural causes
Mercedarian lay brother at the convent of San Giovanni Laterano in Arequipa, Peru. Known for his piety and as a miracle worker.
Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
• beheaded c.300 on the Via Salaria, Rome, Italy
• legend says that seven healing springs appeared at the place of execution - one from every point the severed head touched
Disciple of Saint Dionysius of Paris. Priest. Evangelized near Paris, France. Marytred by order of the Roman prefect Julian.
flogged and stabbed with a sword c.3rd century at Paris, France
Spiritual student of Saint Denis of Paris. First bishop of Meaux, France.
Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
Early saint long venerated in Levroux, France.
Nun in Partois, France.
A Roman imperial legion of 6,600 soldiers, all of whom were Christians; they had been recruited from the area around Thebes in Upper Egypt, were led by Saint Maurice, and served under Emperor Maximian Herculeus. Around the year 287, Maximian led the army across the Alps to Agaunum, an area in modern Switzerland, in order to suppress a revolt by the Bagandre in Gaul. In connection with battle, the army offered public sacrifices to the Roman gods; the Theban Legion refused to participate. For refusing orders, the Legion was decimated - one tenth of them were executed. When the remainder refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were decimated again. When the survivors still refused to sacrifice, Maximinian ordered them all killed. Martyrs.
Known members of the Legion include
• Alexander of Bergamo
• Alverius of Agaunum
• Candidus the Theban
• Chiaffredo of Saluzzo
• Innocent of Agaunum
• Martiniano of Pecco
• Sebastian of Agaunum
• Secundus the Theban
• Ursus the Theban
• Victor of Agaunum
• Victor of Cologne
• Victor of Xanten
• Victor the Theban
• Vitalis of Agaunum
Other profiled saints associated with the Legion include
• Antoninus of Piacenza (martyred soldier; associated by later story tellers)
• Adventor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Attilio of Trino (martyred soldier; associated by some, but not all, later lists)
• Cassius (may have been a member)
• Florentius the Martyr (may have been a member)
• George of San Giorio (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Gereon (not a member, but another soldier who was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Roman gods)
• Gusmeo of Gravedona sul Lario (may have been a member)
• Matthew of Gravedona sul Lario (may have been a member)
• Octavius of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Pons of Pradleves (escaped the massacre to become an evangelists in northern Italy)
• Secundus of Asti (not a member, but linked due to art work)
• Solutor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Tiberio of Pinerolo (may have been a member)
• Verena (wife of a member of the Legion)
• martyred c.287 in Agaunum (modern Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, Switzerland
• a basilica was built in Agaunum to enshrine the relics of the Legion
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 Alfonso Lopez
• Blessed Antonio Gil-Monforte
• Blessed Antonio Sáez de Ibarra López
• Blessed Carlos Navarro Miquel
• Blessed Diego Morata Cano
• Blessed Enrique Pedro Gonzálvez Andreu
• Blessed Esteban Cobo-Sanz
• Blessed Federico Cobo-Sanz
• Blessed Félix Echevarría Gorostiaga
• Blessed Francisco Carlés González
• Blessed Francisco Vicente Edo
• Blessed Germán Gozalvo Andreu
• Blessed José Ardil Lázaro
• Blessed Josefina Moscardó Montalvá
• Blessed Juan García Cervantes
• Blessed Luis Echevarría Gorostiaga
• Blessed María Purificación Vidal Pastor
• Blessed Miguel Zarragua Iturrízaga
• Blessed Modesto Allepuz Vera
• Blessed Ramon Rius Camps<
• Blessed Simón Miguel Rodríguez
• Blessed Vicente Sicluna Hernández
• Martyrs of Valencia, Spain
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