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Our Lady, Help of Christians

Also known as

Auxilium Christianorum

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The feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, was instituted by Pope Pius VII. By order of Napoleon, the Pope was arrested on 5 July 1808, and imprisoned at Savona, Italy and Fontainebleau, France. In January 1814, after the Battle of Leipzig, he was brought back to Savona and set free on 17 March, the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, the patroness of Savona. The journey to Rome was a veritable triumphal march with the pontiff, attributing the victory of the Church after so much agony and distress, to the Blessed Virgin. He visited many of her sanctuaries on the way, crowning her images, and entered Rome on 24 May 1814 to enthusiastic crowds. To commemorate his own sufferings and those of the Church during his exile he extended the feast of the Seven Dolours of Mary to the universal Church on 18 September 1814.

When Napoleon left Elba and returned to Paris, Murat was about to march through the Papal States from Naples. Pius VII fled to Savona on 22 March 1815, where he crowned the image of Our Lady of Mercy on 10 May 1815. Following the Congress of Vienna and Battle of Waterloo, he returned to Rome on 7 July 1815. To give thanks to God and Our Lady, he instituted the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians for the Papal States on 15 September 1815; it was celebrated on 24 May, the anniversary of his first return. The dioceses in the Tuscany region adopted it on 12 February 1816, and it spread over nearly the entire Latin Church.

They hymns of the Office were composed by Brandimarte. It is the patronal feast of Australasia, a double of the first class with an octave, and is celebrated with great splendour in the churches of the Fathers of the Foreign Missions of Paris. It has attained special celebrity since Saint John Bosco dedicated the mother church of his congregation at Turin to Our Lady, Help of Christians. The Salesian Fathers have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments, and prayers for her intervention are credited with the miraculous cure of Blessed Artemide Zatti.

Patronage

• Australia (proclaimed on 17 July 1916 by Pope Benedict XV)
• New Zealand
• Andorran security forces
• Austrialian military chaplains
• New York
• diocese of Townsville, Australia

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-help-of-christians/


Martyrs of the Small West Gate

Additional Memorial

20 September as part of the Martyrs of Korea

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A group of lay catechists and catechumens who were imprisoned and executed together for the crime of being Christian.

Saint Agatha Kim A-Gi
Saint Agatha Yi So-Sa
Saint Anna Pak A-Gi
Saint Augustine Yi Kwang-Hon
Saint Barbara Han A-Gi
Saint Damianus Nam Myong-Hyok
Saint Lucia Pak Hui-Sun
Saint Magdalena Kim Ob-I
Saint Petrus Kwon Tug-In

Died

beheaded on24 May 1839 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea

Canonized

6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-the-small-west-gate/


Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger

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Son of Saint Marthe. Simeon's father died when the boy was five years old, and he became the ward of a monk named John who lived nearby. When Simeon was seven, the two moved onto platforms at the top of pillars in order to ensure their solitude. Word spread about the sanctity and wisdom of the pair; they attracted so many pilgrims and would-be disciples that at age 20, Simeon came down from his pillar to hide in the mountains. Ten years later there were more would-be students, and this time Simeon decided to help them; he built a monastery for them, and in it placed a pillar for himself. Ordained at age 35; the bishop climbed onto the platform to impose his hands. Simeon celebrated Mass on his platform, and the monks climbed a ladder to receive Communion. Healer and miracle worker, he spent 69 of his 76 years living off the ground.

Born

521 at Antioch

Died

597 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simeon-stylites-the-younger/


Saint David of Scotland

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Youngest son of King Malcolm III Canmore and Saint Margaret of Scotland; brother of Saint Matilde in whose court he grew up and was educated. Prince of Cumbria in 1107. Married. Ascended to the throne of Scotland in 1124. Fought in the border wars with England, and in 1138 participated in the armistice that halted the fighting. Devoting himself to the welfare of his people, he re-organized the system of land ownership and implemented both new laws and a new legal system. Worked to bring the faithful in Scotland closer to the Vatican, founded convents and monasteries, supported monastic work and the organization of five new dioceses. Spiritual student of Saint Aelredo of Rievaulx.

Born

1085

Died

• 24 May 1183 in Carlisle, Scotland of natural causes
• buried in Dunfermline Abbey

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-david-of-scotland/


Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer

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First century lay woman. Married to Chusa, steward of King Herod Antipas. Disciple of Jesus, and mentioned in Luke (8:3) as providing for Jesus and the Apostles. Eastern tradition says that she gave the head of John the Baptist an honourable burial. One of the women Luke says (24.10) discovered the empty tomb on the first Easter when she went to anoint the body, and celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha in the Orthodox Church as the Myrrh-bearers. She is especially venerated by the Jesuits.

Representation

• ointment box
• woman carrying an ointment box
• woman with a cross in her arms and a lamb standing nearby
• woman carrying a pitcher in a basket
• woman standing with her husband among court ladies hearing Jesus preach

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joanna-the-myrrhbearer/


Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau

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Born to a farm family, he was a sickly youth. Taught philosophy at the seminary at Nicolet, Quebec, Canada. Ordained on 19 December 1846. Secretary to a series of bishops of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Founded the Union of Saint Joseph in 1874. Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe on 19 November 1875. Founder of the Sisters of Saint-Joseph of Saint-Hyacinthe in 1877, and the Sisters of Sainte-Martha.

Born

1 April 1824 in Bécancour, Quebec, Canada

Died

24 May 1901 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

Beatified

10 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

diocese of Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-louis-zephirin-moreau/


Blessed John del Prado

Also known as

• Giovanni di Prado
• John of Prado

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Studied theology at Salamanca, Spain. Priest. Member of the Barefooted Franciscans of the Strict Observance. Missionary to Muslims in Morocco in 1613. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred by order of the ruler of Marrakesh with two other Spanish friars whose names have not come down to us.

Born

at Morgobresio, Kingdom of Léon, Spain

Died

burned to death on 24 May 1636 at Morocco

Beatified

24 May 1728 by Pope Benedict XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-del-prado/


Blessed Nicetas of Pereaslav

Also known as

Nicetas the Worker Worker

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Married layman who worked as a tax collector in Pereaslav, Russia; he was well known for his greed and merciless collection methods. At one point, though, he had a complete conversion experience, quit his job, left his family, gave up worldly life, and became a monk, giving himself completely to prayer and penance for his previous way of life. Miracle worker. As part of his self-imposed penance, he wore a heavy metal shirt; a group of thieves thought it was silver and killed him for it.

Born

Russia

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicetas-of-pereaslav/


Saint Susanna

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One of a group of wives of 2nd century martyred soldiers under the command of Saint Meletius. Following the death of the soldiers, the wives and children were martyred, as well.

Died

2nd century Galatia

Patronage

martyrs

Representation

one of a group of women and children holding palms of martyrdom

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Saint Afra of Brescia

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Second-century lay-woman, married to a nobleman in Brescia, Lombardy. Adult convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Apollonius of Brescia. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Adrian.

Died

• 133 in Brescia, Italy
• the church in Brescia that is dedicated to her was the one in which Saint Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Order

Patronage

Brescia, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-afra-of-brescia/


Blessed Isidore Ngei Ko Lat

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Young layman catechist in the diocese of Loikaw, Myanmar.

Born

1920 in Ahtet Tawpon, Kayin, Myanmar

Died

24 May 1950 in Shadaw, Kayah, Myanmar

Beatified

• 24 May 2014 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Cathedral of San Paolo, Aversa, Caserta, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-isidore-ngei-ko-lat/


Blessed Mario Vergara

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Priest in the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. Martyr.

Born

16 November 1910 in Frattamaggiore, Naples, Italy

Died

24 May 1950 in Shadaw, Kayah, Myanmar

Beatified

• 24 May 2014 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Cathedral of San Paolo, Aversa, Caserta, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mario-vergara/


Saint Donatian of Nantes

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Brother of Saint Rogatian of Nantes. Arrested, torture, mutilated, and finally martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in 299 in Nantes, Brittany (in modern France)

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatian-of-nantes/


Saint Rogatian of Nantes

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Brother of Saint Donatian of Nantes. Arrested, torture, mutilated, and finally martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in 299 in Nantes, Brittany (in modern France)

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rogatian-of-nantes/


Saint Vincent of Lérins

Also known as

Vincentius

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May have been born to the Gallic nobility. Career soldier. Retired to become a monk at Lerins, France. Wrote the Commonitory, a great defense of the faith.

Born

Toulouse, France

Died

c.445 in Lerins, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincent-of-lerins/


Blessed Benedict of Cassino

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Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino. Abbot of the monastery at Capua, Italy. Known in his house for austere life style, known in the community for his charity.

Died

• 22 May 1055 in Capua, Caserta, Italy of natural causes
• interred at the monastery entrance in Capua
• his tomb became known as a site of miracles

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-benedict-of-cassino/


Saint Sérvulo of Trieste

Also known as

Sérvolo, Servulus

Additional Memorial

23 November (basilica of Trieste, Italy)

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Martyred in the persecutions of Numerian.

Died

c.283 in Socerb, Slovenia

Patronage

Trieste, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-servulo-of-trieste/


Saint Marciana of Galatia

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One of a group of wives of 2nd century martyred soldiers under the command of Saint Meletius. Following the death of the soldiers, the wives and children were murdered, as well.

Died

2nd century in Galatia

Patronage

martyrs

Representation

group of women and children holding palms of martyrdom

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marciana-of-galatia/


Blessed Juan of Huete

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Mercedarian friar at the convent of Santa Maria in Huete, Spain. Greatly increased their already excellent library. Friend and counsellor to the royal family. Converted many Muslims in the Iberian peninsula to Christianity.

Died

• 1442 of natural causes
• buried in the church of the convent of Santa Maria, Huete, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-of-huete/


Saint Manahen

Also known as

Manaen

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Friend of Herod Antipas. Manahen was one of those who laid hands on Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas, and sent the two Apostles on the first of Paul's missionary journeys. May have been Saint Luke's source for information on King Herod and family. Likely one of the founders of the Church in Antioch. Had the gift of prophecy.

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


Saint Gennadius of Astorga

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Benedictine monk at Argeo, Spain. Abbot of San Pedro de Montes, which he restored. Helped spread the Benedictine Rule through northwest Spain. Bishop of Astorga, Spain for 35 years. Resigned his see c.931, and retired to live his remaining years as a monk and hermit at San Pedro.

Died

c.931

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gennadius-of-astorga/


Saint Palladia

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One of a group of wives of 2nd century martyred soldiers under the command of Saint Meletius. Following the death of the soldiers, the wives and children were martyred, as well.

Died

2nd century in Galatia

Patronage

martyrs

Representation

a group of women and children holding palms of martyrdom

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


Blessed Thomas Vasière

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Mercedarian friar at the convent of Santa Maria in Tolosa, Spain. Ransomed 114 Christians from Muslim slavery in north Africa, preaching Christianity as he made his way to them and back.

Born

French

Died

at the convent of Santa Maria in Tolosa, Spain of natural causes

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


Saint Hubert of Bretigny

Also known as

Hugbert, Uberto

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In the face of family opposition, at age 12 Hubert became a Benedictine monk at Bretigny, Noyon, France.

Died

c.714 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hubert-of-bretigny/


Blessed Philip of Piacenza

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Priest. Augustinian hermit at Piacenza, Italy. Wore iron armor at all times as a way of reducing his concern for things of the flesh.

Died

1306 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-philip-of-piacenza/


Blessed John of Montfort

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Benedictine Knight Templar of Jerusalem. Wounded in combat with the Saracens, he was taken to Cyprus where he never fully recovered.

Died

25 May 1177 at Nicosia, Cyprus

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-of-montfort/


Saint Meletius the Soldier

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Officer in the imperial Roman army who was executed with 252 of his men for being Christian, date and location unknown. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-meletius-the-soldier/


Saint Vincent of Porto Romano

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Martyr.

Died

in Porto Romano, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincent-of-porto-romano/


Saint Patrick of Bayeux

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Bishop of Bayeux, France.

Died

c.469

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patrick-of-bayeux/


Blessed Diego Alonso

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Mercedarian missionary to Peru. Miracle worker.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-diego-alonso/


Martyrs of Istria

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A group of early martyrs in the Istria peninsula. We know little more than some names - Diocles, Felix, Servilius, Silvanus and Zoëllus.

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


Martyrs of Plovdiv

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38 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. We don't even known their names.

Died

beheaded in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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


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