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Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

Saint Jude Thaddeus

Also known as

• Jude of James
• Judas Thaddaeus
• Lebbaeus
• Jude, brother of Jesus
• Lebai Sleeha

Additional Memorial

19 June (Eastern Church)

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Son of Cleophas, who died a martyr, and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross, and who annointed Christ's body after death. Brother of Saint James the Lesser. Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him. May have been a fisherman. Apostle.

Wrote the canonical Epistle named for him. Preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon. Healer. Exorcist. Could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble.

His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and the traitor Judas Iscariot; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Jude's help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.

Died

• beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem in 1st century Persia
• relics at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy, at Rheims, France, and at Toulouse, France

Patronage

• desperate situations, forgotten, lost or impossible causes
• hospital workers, hospitals
• diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida

Representation

• axe
• bearded man holding an oar
• boat
• boat hook
• book
• carpenter's rule
• club
• halberd
• scroll
• square rule
• sword
• nearly every image depicts him wearing a medallion with a profile of Jesus, and usually with a small flame above his head
• often carries a pen or sits at a writing location to make reference to the canonical Epistle

Storefront

medals, statues, holy cards

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jude-thaddeus/


Saint Juan Alcober Figuera

Also known as

John Alcober

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Dominican priest and missionary to China. Due to transport trouble, he was marooned in Lorca for a while, where he became a popular preacher. Sailed to Manila in the Philippines in 1726, and reached China in 1728. Worked sixteen years in the Fo-kien province.

Posing as a water seller so he could move around the city, he still had to do his ministry in secret; he once had to be smuggled into a house in a dying man's coffin in order to administer Last Rites. To escape detection, he once climbed into a tree; realizing he would need to spend the night there, he began saying his evening prayers; he was joined in prayer by his friend Blessed Francis Serrano who was hiding in the same tree.

In 1746, one of his flock received a vision of Our Lady of the Rosary. The visionary appeared so beatific in death that a crowd gathered to see her body; the press of visitors prevented John from making his usual quick escape, and he was arrested. He, Francis Serrano and Father Francis Diaz were tortured for the location of Bishop Pere Sans-Jorda and Father Joachim Royo, who were known to be in the province; these two surrendered to end the torture of their brothers. Martyred with Saint Peter Sanz, Blessed Francis Serrano, and other Dominicans.

Born

1694 at Gerona, Spain

Died

• strangled to death on 25 October 1748 in Fu-tsheu prison, Fo-kien province, China
• even the executioners noted that the faces of the victims looked peaceful and radiant

Beatified

14 May 1893 by Pope Leo XIII

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juan-alcober-figuera/


Saint Simon the Apostle

Also known as

• Nathanael of Cana
• Simon Kananaios
• Simon Kananites
• Simon the Cananean
• Simon the Zealot
• Simon Zealotes

Additional Memorial

10 May (Coptic Church)

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Apostle. Called the Cananean or Zealot because of his zeal for the Jewish law; he was not from Cana, nor a member of the Zealot party. Like all the Apostles, he was a convert, and was trained by Saint Peter the Apostle. Evangelized in Egypt and Mesopotamia, though there are traditions of him being in several other locations. He was a martyr for the faith, but several places claim to have been the site of that, too.

Died

• Abyssinians claim he was crucified in Samaria
• Lipsius says he was sawn in half at Suanir, Persia
• Moses of Chorene writes that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Iberia
• many locations claim to have relics including Toulouse, France, and Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Patronage

• curriers
• sawmen, sawyers
• tanners
• woodcutters
• Monterchi, Italy

Representation

• boat
• cross and saw
• fish
• lance
• man being sawn in two longitudenally
• oar
• saw
• two fish

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simon-the-apostle/


Lord of Miracles

Also known as

Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas

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A mid-17th-century painting of the Crucifixion that is venerated in Lima, Peru, and its celebration involves one of the largest processions in the world. It was painted by an unnamed African taken to Peru as a slave from what is now Angola, shows Christ on the cross with the Father and Holy Spirit above, the Blessed Virgin Mary to the right, Saint Mary Magdalene to the left. The name originated on 13 November 1655 when everything around it was destroyed in an earthquake that left the painting standing and undamaged.

http://catholicsaints.info/lord-of-miracles/


Saint Joaquín Royo Pérez

Also known as

Joachim Royo Pérez

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Joined the Dominicans in Valencia, Spain in 1709. Missionary to the Philippines in 1712, and then to China in 1715. Worked with Saint Peter Sanz. Priest. He served his parishioners by night, hiding in tombs or secret rooms by day to avoid the government persecutions. Imprisoned for two years for his faith beginning in 1746. Martyr.

Born

1691 at Teruel Spain

Died

• tortured and strangled to death on the evening of 28 October 1748 in prison at Fu-tsheu, China
• relics enshrined in the church of Saint Dominic in Manila, Philippines

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

He received us with joy. We felt remorse about being forced to carry out the order of his execution, because we revered him as a very good and innocent man. He constantly preached to us about the Christian religion. In prison we always saw him praying to his God with a joyful countenance. - statement by the executioners of Saint Joachim

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joaquin-royo-perez/


Saint Faro of Meaux

Also known as

Burgundofaro, Farone, Pharo, Pharon

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Son of Count Agneric. Brother of Saint Cagnoald and Saint Burgundofara. Grew up in the court of King Theodebert II of Austrasia. Married layman. Part of the court of King Clotaire II. When he was 35 years old, he and his wife agreed to separate. Faro became a monk at Meaux, France and then a priest. Bishop of Meaux c.626. Worked for renewal of monastic life, evangelized his diocese, and was known for his charity to the poor. Friend of Saint Fiacre, and dispatched Saint Chillien to evengelize around Artois, France.

Born

7th century

Died

c.675 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-faro-of-meaux/


Saint Abdias of Babylon

Also known as

Obadiah of Babylon

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One of the 72 disciples mentioned in Luke 10. They were sent out ahead of Jesus to make preparations for him in the towns he was to visit and evangelize. Some sources list him as the first bishop of Babylon, consecrated by Saint Simon the Zealot and Saint Jude Thaddeus.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abdias-of-babylon/


Saint Abraham of Ephesus

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Wrote several theological treatises. They became so well known that he attracted many students, and he founded monasteries for them at Constantinople and Jerusalem; they were known as Abrahamites. Archbishop of Ephesus.

Died

6th century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abraham-of-ephesus/


Saint Alberic of Stavelot

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Monk. Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy Abbey in Belgium.

Died

779

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alberic-of-stavelot/


Saint Anastasia the Elder

Also known as

Anastasia II

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Third-century nun. Spiritual student of Saint Sophia. Tortured, mutilated (breasts, hands and feet cut off and teeth broken out) and executed for her faith during the persecutions of Valerian.

Born

Greek

Died

• beheaded in 253 in Rome, Italy
• buried by Saint Sophia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anastasia-the-elder/


Saint Anglinus of Stavelot

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Monk. Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy Abbey in Belgium.

Died

c.768

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anglinus-of-stavelot/


Saint Cyril of Rome

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A bystander who witnessed the torture and mutilation of Saint Anastasia the Elder. When Anastasia begged for water, he brought her some. Immediately seized and executed for his actions. Martyr.

Died

253 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Cyrilla of Rome

Also known as

Cirilla

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Daughter of Saint Tryphonia of Rome. Known for her charity and almsgiving. Martyred in the persecutions of Claudius II.

Died

c.268

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


Saint Diomedes the Younger

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Student of Saint Trifillio. Miracle worker; legend says that when Cyprus was being attacked by Saracens, Diomedes made the sign of the cross at them and they converted from Islam to Christianity.

Born

4th century Leucopolis, Cyprus

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-diomedes-the-younger/


Saint Dorbhene of Iona

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Relative of Saint Columba. Monk. Abbot of Iona Abbey.

Died

713

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dorbhene-of-iona/


Saint Eadsin of Canterbury

Also known as

Eadsige, Edsige, Eadsimus

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Monk at Christ Church, Canterbury, England c.1030. Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 1038, receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict IX. Crowned Saint Edward the Confessor as king of England on 3 April 1043.

Died

late October 1050 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eadsin-of-canterbury/


Saint Elius of Lyon

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Bishop of Lyon, France in the early 3rd century.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-elius-of-lyon/


Saint Ferrutius

Also known as

Ferruccio

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Roman soldier. Christian. When stationed at Mainz, Germany, as part of his duty he was ordered to worship an idol. He refused, and demanded his discharge from the army so that he could stay true to his faith. Instead he was thrown into prison and abused to death. Martyr.

Died

• from abuse and starvation
• relics enshrined in Bleidenstadt, Germany by Saint Lull in 778
• relics taken to Mainz, Germany by the Jesuits in 1632
• relics destroyed during the siege of Mainz in 1793

Canonized

by Pope Eugene I

Patronage

Bleidenstadt, Germany

Representation

soldier holding a banner with a cross, a palm branch and a small shield with an escarbuncle

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


Saint Fidelis of Como

Also known as

Fedele

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Christian soldier in the imperial Roman army. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeus.

Died

• c.304
• relics venerated in Como, Italy and Milan, Italy

Patronage

Arona, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fidelis-of-como/


Saint Francisco Díaz del Rincón

Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Joined the Dominicans in Ecija, Spain at age 17, making his profession on 12 September 1731. Priest. Missionary to the Philippines in 1735, and soon after that in China. Martyr.

Born

2 October 1713 in Ecija, Seville, Spain

Died

• tortured and strangled to death on the evening of 28 October 1748 in prison at Fu-tsheu, China
• relics enshrined in the church of Saint Dominic in Manila, Philippines

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

He received us with joy. We felt remorse about being forced to carry out the order of his execution, because we revered him as a very good and innocent man. He constantly preached to us about the Christian religion. In prison we always saw him praying to his God with a joyful countenance. - statement by the executioners of Saint Joachim

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-francisco-diaz-del-rincon/


Saint Genesius of Thiers

Also known as

• Genesius of Tigernum
• Genesius of Tifernum

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Martyr.

Died

Tifernum, Aquitaine (in modern France)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-genesius-of-thiers/


Saint Gioan Ðat

Also known as

Giovanni, Johannes, John

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Parish priest in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin, ordained in 1798. Arrested for his faith soon after. Martyr.

Born

c.1765 in Ðong Chuoi, Thanh Hóa, Vietnam

Died

28 October 1798 in Cho Ra, Thanh Hóa, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gioan-dat/


Saint Godwin of Stavelot

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of the monastery of Stavelot-Malmedy, Belgium.

Died

c.690 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-godwin-of-stavelot/


Saint Honoratus of Vercelli

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Spiritual student of Saint Eusebius who he accompanied into exile at Scythopolis in 335, and on his travels through Cappadocia, Egypt, and Illyricum. Bishop in 396. Gave the sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick to Saint Ambrose on his deathbed.

Born

c.330 at Vercelli, Italy

Died

415 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-honoratus-of-vercelli/


Blessed Leoncio Lope García

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Augustinian friar.

Born

24 April 1902 in Tordómar, Burgos, Spain

Died

28 October 1936 in Neila, Santander, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-leoncio-lope-garcia/


Saint Remigius of Lyons

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Chaplain to the court of King Charles the Bald. Archbishop of Lyons, France in 852. Fought heresy but also fought against harsh treatment of heretics.

Died

875 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-remigius-of-lyons/


Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

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Parish priest in the archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico. Poet. Martyr.

Born

13 February 1875 in Sayula, Jalisco, Mexico

Died

hanged from a mango tree on 28 October 1927 in the public square in Ejutla, Jalisco, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rodrigo-aguilar-aleman/


Saint Salvius

Also known as

Saire, Salvio

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Sixth-century hermit in France, he was known for his theological learning and personal piety; the area where he lived is known as Saint-Saire in his honour.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salvius-3/


Martyrs of Avila

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Two sisters and a brother who, during a period of persecution, fled Talavera de la Reina, Spain, were caught and executed. Martyrs: Christeta, Sabina and Vincent.

Died

303 in Avila, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-avila-27-october/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

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 Claudio Julían García San Román
Blessed Maria Asuncion


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Bononato de Prexano
• Germanus of Talloires
• Leodardo of Soissons


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