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Memorial of Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Also known as

• La Madonna del Paradiso
• Madonna del Buon Consiglio

Additional Memorial

25 April at Genazzano, Italy

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Records dating from the reign of Paul II relate that the picture of Our Lady, at first called La Madonna del Paradiso and now better known as Madonna del Buon Consiglio, appeared at Genazzano, Italy, a town about twenty-five miles southeast of Rome, on 25 April 1467, in the old church of Santa Maria, which had been under the care of Augustinians since 1356. The venerated icon itself, which is drawn on a thin scale of wall-plaster little thicker than a visiting-card, was observed to hang suspended in the air without support; early tradition says that one could pass a thread around the image without touching it. Devotion to Our Lady in Santa Maria sprang up at once. Pilgrims began to pour in, miracles began and continue at the shrine.

In July 1467, Pope Paul deputed two bishops to investigate the alleged wonder-working image; no copy of their report is known to have survived. Devotion to Our Lady increased. In 1630, Pope Urban VIII made a pilgrimage to Genazzano, as did Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1864. On 17 November 1682 Pope Blessed Innocent XI had the picture crowned with gold by the Vatican Basilica. In 1727 Pope Benedict XIII granted the clergy of Genazzano an Office and Mass of Our Lady for 25 April, the anniversary of the apparition, elsewhere the feast being kept a day later so as not to conflict with that of Saint Mark the Evangelist. On 2 July 1753 Pope Benedict XIV approved the Pious Union of Our Lady of Good Counsel for the faithful at large, and himself enrolled therein as its pioneer member; Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII were both later members. On 18 December 1779, Pope Pius VI, while re-approving devotion to Our Lady, granted all Augustinians an Office with hymns, lessons, prayer and Mass proper of double-major rite; with a plenary indulgence also for the faithful, to which Pope Pius VIII added another for visitors to the shrine. On 18 December 1884, Pope Leo XIII approved of a new Office and Mass of second-class rite for all Augustinians, while on 17 March 1903, he elevated the church of Santa Maria - one of the four parish churches in tiny Genazzano - to the rank of minor basilica. On 22 April 1903 he authorized the insertion in the Litany of Loreto of the invocation Mater Boni Consillii to follow that of Mater Admirabilis. The same pontiff on 21 December 1893 had sanctioned the use of the White Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel for the faithful.

Patronage

• for enlightenment
• Catholic Women's League of Canada
• Missionary Sisters of Saint Peter Claver
• Albania
• Amargosa, Brazil, diocese of
• Essen, Germany, diocese of
• Sandburst, Victoria, diocese of
• Amargosa, Brazil

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-good-counsel/


Saint Paschasius Radbertus

Also known as

• Radbertus
• Paschasius Radbert

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A foundling whose background is completely unknown. Raised by monks after being found by nuns on the steps of Notre Dame of Soissons. Unruly in his youth, even with the brothers. Benedictine monk under Saint Adalard of Corbie. Deacon. Teacher. Moved to Corbie Abbey in 822, and helped make its school at one of the most famous places of learning in its day. Spiritual teacher of Saint Ansgar. Paschasius travelled Europe, speaking at councils, negotiating political and religious conflicts.

Against his will he was elected abbot of the Corbie in 844. During undescribed trouble in the monastery in 851, he resigned his position to settle the dispute. He retired as a hermit to the Saint Riquiet monastery in Cenula where he spent the rest of his life writing on history, philosophy, and theology. His The Body and Blood of Christ started the first controversy on the Eucharist, and cleared the way for a precise understanding of Transubstantiation.

Born

c.790 at Soissons, France

Died

• c.860 of natural causes
• buried in the church of Saint John at Corbie Abbey
• relics re-interred at Saint Peter's church at Corbie on 12 July 1073

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paschasius-radbertus/


Saint Richarius of Celles

Also known as

Ricario, Riquier

Additional Memorial

9 October (translation of relics)

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Born a pagan. As a young man he protected Cadoc and Frichor, Irish missionaries in danger from local non-Christians. While in hiding, the missionaries converted Richardius. He became a priest, travelling the country on a donkey and preaching the Gospel. Worked in England for several years, then returned to France to found an abbey at Centula and serve as its first abbot. When King Dagobert visited him, Richarius was so frank and blunt with his advice that the king gave him a large reward; Richarius passed it on to the poor. He was among the first to work on ransoming captives. Eventually resigned all offices to live his final years as a prayerful hermit.

Born

at Centula, France

Died

• 26 April 645 at Foret-Moutier, France of natural causes
• initially buried in a hollowed-out tree because that's all his disciple Sigobart could afford

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-richarius-of-celles/


Saint Rafael Arnáiz Barón

Also known as

María Rafael

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An artistic young man, he studied architecture in Madrid, Spain. However, he felt a call to the religious life, and on 15 April 1934 Rafael became an oblate friar of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappist). Suffered from acute diabetes, a condition that forced him to leave the monastery three times, but each time, as soon as he was sufficiently healed, he returned to the monastic life.

Born

9 April 1911 in Burgos, Spain

Died

26 April 1938 in Dueñas, Palencia, Spain

Canonized

11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

• against diabetes
• diabetics
• World Youth Day 2011

Storefront

books and other items

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rafael-arnaiz-baron/


Blessed Stanislaw Kubista

Also known as

• Stanislaus Kubista
• prisoner 21154

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One of nine children born to Francis and Frances Kubista. Served in the army on the French front from 1917 to 1919. Member of the Society of Divine Word, making his perpetual vows on 29 September 1926. Ordained on 26 May 1927. Middle school teacher. Novice master and spiritual director. Built and ran a printing press, edited and published Little Missionary, Little Missionary Calendar, Calendar of the Word of God, Messenger of Saint Joseph and other works. Arrested on 27 October 1939 by Nazis, transferred from prison to prison until he arrived at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Martyr.

Born

27 September 1898 in Kostuchna, Slaskie, Poland

Died

26 April 1940 in Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg, Oberhavel, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-stanislaw-kubista/


Pope Saint Cletus

Also known as

• Anacletus
• Anacletus I
• Cleto

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Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Peter the Apostle, who ordained him. Third pope. He ordained an undetermined number of priests during his reign, but almost nothing else is known about him. Martyred in the persecutions of Domitian. May have been the Cletus that Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote about. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

Born

Greek

Papal Ascension

76

Died

• c.89
• relics in Saint Linus Church, Vatican City

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Blessed Juli Junyer Padern

Also known as

Julius, Julio

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Salesian, making his profession in 1912. Ordained in 1921. Taught philosophy, literature and Gregory chant in Girona, Spain, and served as spiritual director to other Salesians. Arrested by anti-Catholic forces in 1938, but was released. Helped some other Salesians escape across the border, which led to Father Juli's re-arrest for treason and espionage. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

30 October 1892 in Vilamaniscle, Girona, Spain

Died

shot at 7am on 26 April 1938 in the moat of Montjuic Castle, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juli-junyer-padern/


Pope Saint Marcellinus

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Chosen 29th pope. Enlarged the catacombs. Reigned at the start of the persecution of Diocletian, and was himself martyred. Legend says that he apostatized, made sacrifice to pagan gods, then repented, and was beheaded, but this story has been discredited.

Born

at Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension

30 June 296

Died

• 25 October 304 at Rome, Italy
• interred in the Priscillian catacomb on the Via Salaria

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Trudpert of Münstertal

Also known as

Trudbert, Trupbertus

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Abbot. Following a pilgrimage to Rome, he became a missionary hermit at Münstertal, Germany. Legend says that some workers, paid by a local lord to clear difficult land to establish a foundation for Trudpert, were fed up with the hard work and killed Trudpert to end the job. Considered a martyr.

Died

• c.644 at Münstertal, Germany
• the Kloster Sankt Trudpert was built on the site of his death

Representation

• ax
• palm

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-trudpert-of-munstertal/


Blessed Dominic of Besians

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Spanish Dominican. With Blessed Gregory, he preached in the villages of the Somontano, near Barbastro, near the Spanish Pyrenees. While travelling from one village to another, they were caught in strong thunderstorm; they sought refuge under and overhanging rock, which was loosened by the rain, and fell on them.

Born

Spain

Died

• crushed by a boulder in 1300 at Perarrúa, Spain
• relics at Besians, diocese of Barbastro, Spain

Beatified

by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dominic-of-besians/


Blessed Gregory of Besians

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Spanish Dominican. With Saint Dominic, he preached in the villages of the Somontano, near Barbastro, near the Spanish Pyrenees. While travelling from one village to another, they were caught in strong thunderstorm; they sought refuge under and overhanging rock, which was loosened by the rain, and fell on them.

Born

Spain

Died

• crushed by a boulder in 1300 at Perarrúa, Spain
• relics at Besians, diocese of Barbastro, Spain

Beatified

by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gregory-of-besians/


Blessed Wladyslaw Goral

Also known as

Ladislao Goral

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Ordained on 18 December 1920. Auxiliary bishop of Lublin, Poland and titular bishop of Meloë in Isauria on 10 August 1938. Deported by Nazis from occupied Poland to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Martyr.

Born

1 May 1898 in Stoczek, Lubelskie, Poland

Died

April 1945 in Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg, Oberhavel, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-wladyslaw-goral/


Blessed Alda of Siena

Also known as

Aldobrandesca, Aude, Blanca, Bruna

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Married lay woman. Widow. Tertiary of the Holy Humility of Mary. She devoted her life to personal penance and charity to the poor, was given to religious ecstasies, and received visions. Greatly honoured in Siena, Italy.

Born

1249 at Siena, Italy

Died

1309

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alda-of-siena/


Saint Basileus of Amasea

Also known as

Basil, Basilius

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Bishop of Amasea in Pontus. When he was killed in the Licinius persecutions by being thrown into the sea to drown, one of his disciples was directed to his body by an angel so it could be recovered and given Christian burial.

Died

drowned in 319

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-basileus-of-amasea/


Saint Exuerantia of Troyes

Also known as

Esperance, Exuperance, Exuperantia

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Nun. Her relics are venerated in Troyes, France.

Died

c.380 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-exuerantia-of-troyes/


Saint Antoninus of Rome

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. Mentioned in the Acts of Saint Marcellinus, Pope and Martyr.

Died

beheaded

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-antoninus-of-rome-26-april/


Saint Claudius of Rome

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. Mentioned in the Acts of Saint Marcellinus, Pope and Martyr.

Died

beheaded

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-claudius-of-rome-26-april/


Saint Cyrinus of Rome

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. Mentioned in the Acts of Saint Marcellinus, Pope and Martyr.

Died

beheaded

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyrinus-of-rome-26-april/


Saint Lucidius of Verona

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Fourth century bishop of Verona, Italy. Famous for a life of prayer and study.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucidius-of-verona/


Saint Primitive of Gabi

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Martyr.

Died

Via Prenestina outside Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-primitive-of-gabi/


Saint Pellegrino of Foggia

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Hermit at Foggia, Italy.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pellegrino-of-foggia/


Saint Clarence of Venice

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Bishop of Venice, Italy.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-clarence-of-venice/


Saint Peter of Braga

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First bishop of Braga, Portugal. Martyr

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-of-braga/


Saint William of Foggia

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Hermit at Foggia, Italy.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-william-of-foggia/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Mercedarian Martyrs of Auterive
• Indreachtach of Bangor
• Stephen of Perm


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