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Feast of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

In whatever place the brethren may be, or wherever they may meet, they should rejoice with a holy joy in each other's com pany, and honour one another, never allow ing the least complaint to arise. They must also take care not to appear exteriorly Bad or moody, as hypocrites do, but let them rejoice in the Lord and be always cheerful and affable. - Saint Francis of Assisi


Good desires do not suffice to render a man happy; he must also perform good works. God bestows His grace to enable a man to accomplish this. - Blessed Egidius


Gabriel the Archangel

Also known as

Fortitudo Dei; Gabr-el, Gabrielus, Gavri'el, Gavriel, Jibrail, Jibril

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Archangel and messenger of God. One of the three angels mentioned by name in the Catholic Bible.

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Name Meaning

• God is mighty
• God is my strength
• man of God
• my master is God
• strong man of God
• the strength of God

Patronage

• broadcasters
• clergy
• communications workers
• diplomats
• messengers
• philatelists; stamp collectors
• post offices, postal services and employees
• radio and radio workers
• telegraphs
• telephones
• television and television workers
• Portugal
• Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of
• Auchi, Nigeria, diocese of

Representation

• lily
• shield
• spear
• trumpet
• olive branch as he was the one who announced the Prince of Peace

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Readings

You should be aware that the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all messages.... So too Gabriel, who is called God's strength, was sent to Mary. He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. Thus God's strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle. - from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

...and on the Ulai I heard a human voice that cried out, "Gabriel, explain the vision to this man." When he came near where I was standing, I fell prostrate in terror. But he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the end time." As he spoke to me, I fell forward in a faint; he touched me and made me stand up.

"I will show you," he said, "what is to happen later in the period of wrath; for at the appointed time, there will be an end.

"The two-horned ram you saw represents the kings of the Medes and Persians. The he-goat is the king of the Greeks, and the great horn on its forehead is the first king. The four that rose in its place when it was broken are four kingdoms that will issue from his nation, but without his strength.

"After their reign, when sinners have reached their measure, There shall arise a king, impudent and skilled in intrigue. He shall be strong and powerful, bring about fearful ruin, and succeed in his undertaking. He shall destroy powerful peoples; his cunning shall be against the holy ones, his treacherous conduct shall succeed. He shall be proud of heart and destroy many by stealth. But when he rises against the prince of princes, he shall be broken without a hand being raised. The vision of the evenings and the mornings is true, as spoken; Do you, however, keep this vision undisclosed, because the days are to be many." - Daniel 8:16-26

I was still occupied with this prayer, when Gabriel, the one whom I had seen before in vision, came to me in rapid flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me in these words: "Daniel, I have now come to give you understanding. When you began your petition, an answer was given which I have come to announce, because you are beloved. Therefore, mark the answer and understand the vision. "Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and for your holy city: Then transgression will stop and sin will end, guilt will be expiated, Everlasting justice will be introduced, vision and prophecy ratified, and a most holy will be anointed. Know and understand this: From the utterance of the word that Jerusalem was to be rebuilt Until one who is anointed and a leader, there shall be seven weeks. During sixty-two weeks it shall be rebuilt, With streets and trenches, in time of affliction. After the sixty-two weeks an anointed shall be cut down when he does not possess the city; And the people of a leader who will come shall destroy the sanctuary. Then the end shall come like a torrent; until the end there shall be war, the desolation that is decreed. For one week he shall make a firm compact with the many; Half the week he shall abolish sacrifice and oblation; On the temple wing shall be the horrible abomination until the ruin that is decreed is poured out upon the horror." - Daniel 9:21-27

...the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of (the) Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord."

Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."

And the angel said to him in reply, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time." - Luke 11-20

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?"

And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God."

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. - Luke 1:26-38

http://catholicsaints.info/gabriel-the-archangel/


Michael the Archangel

Additional Memorial

8 May - Apparition of Saint Michael and Protector of Cornwall

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Archangel. Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews, and there are writings about him in all three cultures. Considered the guardian angel of Israel, and the guardian and protector of the Church. In the Book of Daniel (12:1), Michael is described as rising up to defend the Church against the Anti-Christ.

The feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael commemorates appearance of the archangel to a man named Gargan in 492 on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Gargan and others were pasturing cattle on the mountain; a bull wandered off and hid in a cave. An arrow was shot into the cave, but it came flying back out and wounded the archer. The cowherds went to their bishop who ordered three days of fasting and prayer to seek an explanation for the mystery. At the end of the three days Michael appeared to the bishop and requested a church built in the honour of the Holy Angels in the cave. If you find medals or holy cards with 'relics' of Michael, they are probably rock chips from the cave, or pieces of cloth that have touched it.

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Name Meaning

Who is like God? (the battle cry of the army of heaven)

Patronage

• against storms and dangers at sea
• against temptations
• artists
• bakers
• bankers and banking
• battle
• coopers or barrel makers
• dying people
• EMTs and paramedics
• fencers and fencing
• grocers
• haberdashers
• hatmakers or hatters
• holy death
• knights
• milleners
• paratroopers
• police officers
• radiologists and radiotherapists
• sailors, mariners, watermen
• security guards
• sick people
• soldiers
• swordsmiths
• Belarus
• England
• Germany
• Papua, New Guinea
• Vatican City (given in 2013)
• Greek Air Force
• Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel
• Siegburg Abbey
• at least 14 dioceses and 42 cities around the world

Representation

• balance or scales (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
• banner (as the leader of the army of God)
• dragon (representing the defeated devil)
• sword (as a soldier of God)

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Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. - from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

http://catholicsaints.info/michael-the-archangel/


Raphael the Archangel

Also known as

• Azariah
• Angel of Love
• Angel of Joy

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Archangel. One of the three angels mentioned by name in Scripture, and one of the seven that stand before God's throne. Lead character in the deutero-canonical book of Tobit in which he travelled with (and guarded) Tobiah, and cured a man's blindness; hence his connection with travellers, young people, blindness, healing and healers. Traditionally considered the force behind the healing power of the sheep pool mentioned in John 5:1-4.

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Name Meaning

• God has healed
• Healer from God
• God's remedy
• It is God who heals
• God Heals
• God, Please Heal

Patronage

• against all sickness or bodily ills
• against eye disease or eye problems
• mentally ill people; against insanity or mental illness
• against nightmares
• apothecaries, druggists, pharmacists
• blind people
• doctors, physicians
• guardian angels
• for happy meetings
• love; lovers
• nurses
• shepherds; shepherdesses
• sick people
• travellers
• young people
• Auchi, Nigeria, diocese of
• Dubuque, Iowa, archdiocese of
• MacKenzie - Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, diocese of
• Madison, Wisconsin, diocese of
• Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of

Representation

• angel holding a bottle or flask
• angel walking with Tobias
• archangel
• young man carrying a fish
• young man carrying a traveller's staff

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Readings

Raphael means God's remedy, for when he touched Tobit's eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly caused God's remedy. - from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

http://catholicsaints.info/raphael-the-archangel/


Blessed Luigi Monza

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Born to a poor farming family. Entered seminary at age 18, and was ordained in the archdiocese of Milan, Italy on 19 September 1925. Assigned to a parish in Vedano Olona, Italy. Imprisoned for four months, having been falsley accused of planning an attack on a local Fascist official. Re-assigned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Saronno, Italy in 1929 where he worked as a youth minister. Re-assigned to the parish of San Giovanni in Lecco, Italy in 1936 where he continued his work with youth and famillies. Known for his work with the poor, the sick, and the unjustly accused and persecuted. Founded the women's Istituto Secolare delle Piccole Apostole della Carità (Secular Institute of the Little Apostles of Charity) in 1937. He and the women of the Institute spun off the "Our Family" Association to provided education and medical help for poor and disabled children. Both groups continue their good work today, and the Little Apostles have spread from Italy to Sudan, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Morocco, and Palestine. Father Luigi became the model of a parish priest, working as a spiritual guide for his parishioners, and through families for a return to the love of the faith and of each of other found in the original Christian communities.

Born

22 June 1898 in Cislago, Varese, Italy

Died

• 29 September 1954 in Lecco, Italy of a heart attack
• buried in the province of Como, Italy

Beatified

• 30 April 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition celebrated in Milan, Italy

Readings

Christians, each one of you must become an artist of souls, and we must paint the beauty of Jesus not on canvas but in souls. And may the paint brush of the apostolate never fall from our hands. - Blessed Luigi

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-luigi-monza/


Saint Rene Goupil

Also known as

Renatus Goupil

Additional Memorial

19 October as one of the Martyrs of North America

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Entered the Jesuit noviate in Paris, France, but his deafness prevented his joining the order. He studied medicine, and in 1639 offered to work as a medic for the Jesuit missionaries in America. Missionary to the Hurons, working as a donné, a layman who worked without pay. Worked in a hospital in Quebec, Canada in 1640. Assistant to Saint Isaac Jogues on his missionary travels. Captured and tortured by Iroquois, enemies of the Huron, for making the sign of the cross over a child's head, which was mistaken for some type of curse. While they were in captivity, Father Isaac received Rene into the Jesuits as a religious brother. First martyr in North America. His death by tomahawk in the head led to his patronage of people who work with or receive anasthesia.

Born

1606 at Anjou, France

Died

tomahawked in the head following two months of torture in 1642

Beatified

21 June 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized

29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage

• anesthetists
• anesthesiologists

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medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rene-goupil/


Blessed John de Montmirail

Also known as

• Seigneur de Montmirail on the Marne
• John de Monte Mirabili

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French nobility, born to Andrew, Lord of Montmirail and Ferté-Gaucher, and Hildiarde d'Oisy. Trained in religion by his mother, and secular science by his schools. Soldier. Friend of Philip Augustus, later King of France. Married to Helvide de Dampierre, and father of several children. Spent time in the French court, leading a dissolute life.

At age 30 he met Jobert, Prior of Saint-Etienne de Montmirail, whose intervention and counsel caused his conversion. John built a hospital with special facilities for lepers, cared for the poor, practiced self-imposed austerities, and spent whole nights in prayer. He finally obtained his wife's permission to enter religious life; he provided for her and the children, gave the remainder of his wealth to the poor, and became a Cistercian monk at Longpoint abbey. There he gave himself so wholly to prayer and penance; had to be reprimanded for going to excess in his self-imposed austerities. Harassed and insulted by relatives and former friends.

Pope Leo XIII granted a special office in his honour for the diocese of Soissons.

Born

1165

Died

• 29 September 1217 at Longpoint abbey of natural causes
• miracles were reported at his tomb, which soon became a pilgrimage site

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-de-montmirail/


Blessed Charles of Blois

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Son of Guy de Chatillon, Count of Blois, and Margaret, sister of King Philip VI of France. Charles felt a call to be a Francescan friar, but political duty kept him in secular life. Married Joan of Brittany in 1337, and became Duke of Brittany which involved him in disputes political and military. Soldier. Captured Nantes, France. Attended Mass daily. Founded religious houses, helped the sick and poor. Made a barefoot pilgrimage to Rennes. In 1346 he was defeated and lost his dukedom to John de Montfort who imprisoned him and sent him to England to languish in the Tower of London until ransomed and released nine years later in 1355. Charles then spent nine more years unsuccessfully fighting to regain his dukedom before dying in battle. Along the way he founded several religious houses, and was known for his Christian treatment of prisoners.

Born

1320

Died

killed in battle on 29 September 1364 at Aurey, France

Canonized

1904 by Pope Pius X

Patronage

prisoners

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-charles-of-blois/


Blessed Francesc de Paula Castelló Aleu

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Lifelong layperson in the diocese of Lleida, Spain. Youngest of three children, his father died when Francesc was an infant. Educated by Marists in Lleida, Catalonia, and then by Jesuits at the Chemical Intitute in Barcelona, Spain. During his college years in Oviedo, he became politically active, and continued working with the Jesuits. Member of the Federation of Young Christians of Catalonia. Member of Catholic Action. Worked as a chemist in Lleida. Engaged to Maria Pelegri. Drafted into the army just before the start of the Spanish Civil War. Imprisoned on the night of 21–22 July 1936 by anti–Catholic militiamen. Dragged before a “people’s court”, he refused to renounce his faith. Martyr.

Born

19 April 1914 in Alicante, Spain

Died

29 September 1936 in Lleida, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francesc-de-paula-castello-aleu/


Blessed Richard Rolle de Hampole

Additional Memorial

1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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An excellent student all his life, he was educated at Oxford. Studied in Paris, France from 1320 to 1326. Returning to England, he lived as a hermit on his family's estate. Some family members threatened to have him committed as mentally ill, and he moved to the estate of his friend and college classmate John Dalton of Pickering in 1326. Visionary and mystic. After several years of prayerful solitude, he began wandering England. Spiritual director for a community of Cistercian nuns at Hampole, England. Noted spiritual writer.

Born

c.1300 at Thornton, Yorkshire, England

Died

29 September 1349 at Hampole, England of natural causes

Works

• De Incendio Amoris (The Fire of Love)
• Pricke of Conscience

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-richard-rolle-de-hampole/


Blessed Alericus

Also known as

Alaric, Adelric, Adalricus, Adalrai

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Son of duke Burhard II of Swabia. Educated at Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Monk of Einsiedeln. Hermit on the island of Ufnau in Lake Zurich where his mother had lived in seclusion following her diagnosis with leprosy, and where he built a church dedicated to Our Lady.

Died

975 of natural causes

Representation

fed by angels on the island of Ufnau, Switzerland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alericus/


Saint Guillermo Courtet

Also known as

Guillaume, Vilhelm, William, Thomas of Saint Dominic

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Dominican priest. Missionary to Japan. Arrested for his faith in Okinawa, and martyred soon after.

Born

c.1590 in Sérignan, Languedoc, France

Died

29 September 1637 at Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-guillermo-courtet/


Saint Miguel González de Aozaraza de Leibar

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Dominican priest. Missionary to Japan. Arrested for his faith in Okinawa. Martyr.

Born

February 1598 Oñate, Guipúzcoa, Spain

Died

29 September 1637 at Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-miguel-gonzalez-de-aozaraza-de-leibar/


Saint Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz

Also known as

• Vincentius Shiotsuka
• Vincentius of the Cross

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Dominican priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1576 in Nagasaki, Japan

Died

29 September 1637 at Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vicente-shiwozuka-de-la-cruz/


Saint Rhipsime

Also known as

Arsema, Hripsime, Ripsima, Ripsime

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Virgin martyr, executed with a group of fellow Christian in Armenia. She and her fellow victims are honored as the first Christian martyrs of Armenia. Many highly fanciful tales have grown up to fill in the blanks in her life story.

Died

c.290 in Vagharshapat, Armenia

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


Saint Liutwin of Trier

Also known as

• Liutwin of Mettlach
• Ludwino, Liudvino

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Married. A widower, he founded a monastery in Mettlach, Germany and became a monk there. Bishop of Trier, Germany.

Born

Austrasia (eastern modern France)

Died

c.713

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-liutwin-of-trier/


Saint Lazaro of Kyoto

Also known as

Lazarus

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Layman. Leper. Martyr.

Born

Kyoto, Japan

Died

29 September 1637 at Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lazaro-of-kyoto/


Saint Grimoaldus of Pontecorvo

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ArchPriest in Pontecorvo, southern Italy. Around 1137 he built a church dedicated to an apparition of Saint John the Baptist.

Died

c.1137 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-grimoaldus-of-pontecorvo/


Saint Dadas of Persia

Also known as

Didas

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Persian noble. Related to King Shapur II. Married to Saint Casdoe. Martyred for refusing to deny Christianity during the persecution of Shapur II.

Born

c.310 in Persia

Died

stabbed with a sword in 368 in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dadas-of-persia/


Saint Theodota of Thrace

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Repentant prostitute. Convert. Tortured and martyred for refusing to sacrifice to Roman idols during the persecutions of Agrippa.

Died

318 in Thrace

Patronage

• converts
• martyrs
• torture victims

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodota-of-thrace/


Saint Gabdelas of Persia

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May have been the son of Saint Dadas and Saint Casdoes. Martyred with them for refusing to deny Christianity during the persecution of Shapur II.

Born

Persia

Died

stabbed with a sword in 368 in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gabdelas-of-persia/


Saint Quiriacus of Palestine

Also known as

Ciriaco, Quiriaco

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Hermit in Palestine who lived among several groups of hermits, and was renowned in each one for his holiness.

Born

Greece

Died

6th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quiriacus-of-palestine/


Saint Casdoe

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Persian noble woman. Married to Saint Dadas. Martyred with him and Saint Gabdelas, who may have been their son, for refusing to deny Christianity during the persecutions of Shapur II.

Born

Persian

Died

368 in Persia

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


Blessed John of Ghent

Also known as

Hermit of Saint Claude

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Benedictine monk at the abbey of Sainte-Claude in the Jura Mountains. Worked with Saint Joan of Arc.

Died

1439 of natural causes

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


Saint Sapor of Persia

Also known as

Shapor

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Relative of King Shapur II who had him executed for his faith. Martyr.

Died

stabbed with a sword in the mid-4th century in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sapor-of-persia/


Saint Fraternus of Auxerre

Also known as

Fraterno

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Bishop of Auxerre, France. Martyr.

Died

c.450

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fraternus-of-auxerre/


Saint Diethardus of Eichstätt

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Monk who evangelized the area of Eichstätt, Germany in the 8th century.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-diethardus-of-eichstatt/


Saint Catholdus of Eichstätt

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Monk who evangelized the area of Eichstätt, Germany in the 8th century.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-catholdus-of-eichstatt/


Saint Anno of Eichstätt

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Monk who evangelized the area of Eichstätt, Germany in the 8th century.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anno-of-eichstatt/


Saint Gudelia

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Maiden martyred in the persecutions of Shapur II.

Died

c.340 at Persia

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


Martyrs of Thrace

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Three Christian men murdered in Thrace for their faith. They are - Eutychius, Heracleas and Plautus.

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


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 Dario Hernández Morató
Blessed Francisco Edreira Mosquera
Blessed José Villanova Tormo
Blessed Pau Bori Puig
Blessed Vicente Sales Genovés
Blessed Virgilio Edreira Mosquera


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Gaiana
• Giacomo da Rafelbunol
• Henry Scarampi
• Joseph Casas Ros
• Joseph Villanova Tormo
• Lothair I
• Maurizio di Langonnet
• Nicola da Forca Palena


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