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Saint Engelbert of Cologne

Also known as

Engelbert of Berg

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Son of the influential Count Englebert of Berg and Margaret, daughter of the Count of Gelderland. Studied at the cathedral school at Cologne, Germany. In a time when clerical and episcopal positions were a part of political patronage, Englebert was made provost of churches in Cologne and Aachen, Germany while still a young boy, and of the Cologne cathedral at age 14. He led a worldly and dissolute youth; known for his good looks, keen mind, and wild ways. Englebert went to war to support his cousin, Archbishop Adolf, against Archbishop Bruno; for this, and for threatening to attack the Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV, both Engelbert and Adolf were excommunicated in 1206.

In 1208 Engelbert publicly submitted to the pope's authority, and was received back into the Church. He fought the Albigensians in 1212. Chosen archbishop of Cologne on 29 February 1216. By this point, Engelbert had mellowed somewhat, and cared about his see, but still had worldly ambitions. To preserve the possessions and revenues of his see and the countship of Berg, he went to war with the Duke of Limburg and the Count of Cleves, restored civil order, demanded the allegiance of his nobles, erected defences around his lands, and even prosecuted family members when needed. He enforced clerical discipline, helped establish the Franciscans in his diocese in 1219 and the Dominicans in 1221, built monasteries and insisted on strict observance in them, and used a series of provincial synods to regulate church matters.

Engelbert was appointed guardian of the juvenile King Henry VII and administrator of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Frederick II in 1221. He supervised the kingdom and the king's education, and placed the crown himself during Henry's coronation in 1222. Worked for a treaty with Denmark at the Diet of Nordhausen on 24 September 1223.

However, for all that he was loved by his people for the stability and security he brought, many of the nobility hated and feared him, and the archbishop had to travel with a troupe of bodyguards. Pope Honorius III and Emperor Frederick II advised Engelbert to protect the nuns of Essen who were being oppressed and harassed by Engelbert's cousin, Count Frederick of Isenberg. To prevent action by the archbishop, Count Frederick and some henchmen ambushed Engelbert on the road from Soest to Schwelm, stabbing him 47 times. Considered a martyr as he died over the defense of religious sisters.

Born

c.1185 at Berg in modern Germany

Died

• stabbed to death on the evening of 7 November 1225 near Schwelm, Germany
• relics translated to the old cathedral of Cologne, Germany on 24 February 1226

Canonized

• no formal canonization
• proclaimed a venerated martyr by Cardinal Conrad von Urach on 24 February 1226, and by Archbishop Ferdinand in 1618
• listed in the Roman Martyrology

Representation

• archbishop with a crosier in one hand and an upraised sword, piercing a crescent moon, in the other
• archbishop blessing his killers

Readings

True guardian of the king, thy exalted traits do honour to our emperor; chancellor whose like has never been. - Walther von der Vogelweide, poet, writing about Engelbert

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-engelbert-of-cologne/


Blessed Anthony Baldinucci

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Joined the Jesuits on 21 April 1681. He taught in Rome and Terni, Italy. Ordained on 28 October 1695. Parish missioner in the area of Colli Albani, Frascati and Viterbo, Italy, preaching 448 missions. Noted for organizing processions during which Anthony and many of his flock wore crowns of thorns, and scourged themselves. His missions were popular, drawing crowds so large that they had to be conducted outdoors; Anthony employed a crowd control gang of thugs - and then converted them all to the faith. Also noted for his spread of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary whose image was always carried on his missions.

Born

19 June 1665 in Florence, Italy

Died

6 November 1717 of natural causes

Beatified

23 April 1893 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anthony-baldinucci/


Blessed John Duns Scotus

Also known as

• Doctor Subtilis
• Johannes Scotus
• The Subtle Doctor

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Son of a wealthy farmer. Friar Minor at Dumfries where his uncle Elias Duns was superior. Studied at Oxford and Paris. Ordained 17 March 1291 at Saint Andrew's Church, Northampton at age 25. Lectured at Oxford and Cambridge from 1297 to 1301 when he returned to Paris to teach and complete his doctorate.

John pointed out the richness of the Augustinian-Franciscan tradition, appreciated the wisdom of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle and the Muslim philosophers, and still managed to be an independent thinker. His ideas led to the founding of a school of Scholastic thought called Scotism. In 1303 when King Philip the Fair tried to enlist the University of Paris on his side in a dispute with Pope Boniface VIII over the taxation of Church property, but John dissented and was given three days to leave France.

He returned to Paris in 1305, and received his doctorate. He then taught there, and in 1307 so ably defended the Immaculate Conception of Mary that the university officially adopted his position. Drawing on this work, Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary in 1854.

The Franciscan minister general assigned John to the Franciscan school in Cologne, Germany; he died there the next year.

Born

1266 at Duns, Berwick, Scotland

Died

• 8 November 1308 of natural causes at Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia (in modern Germany)
• buried in a Franciscan church near the Cologne cathedral

Beatified

6 July 1991 by John Paul II (cultus confirmed)

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

The whole of Scotus's theology is dominated by the notion of love. The characteristic note of this love is its absolute freedom. As love becomes more perfect and intense, freedom becomes more noble and integral both in God and in man. - Father Charles Balic, O.F.M., 20th-century authority on Scotus

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-duns-scotus/


Saint Peter Ou

Also known as

• Peter Wu Gousheng
• Wu Gousheng
• Wu Guosheng Petrus

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Born to a non-Christian family. Known from his youth for his sense of justice, his quick defense of the poor and oppressed; his outspoken nature actually frightened people in his traditionalist region. A husband and self-made businessman, he owned and ran a large hotel. One of the first converts made by missionaries to his area. Naturally enthusiastic, Peter tossed out his household idols, and preached Christianity to anyone who came by. Lay leader of the converts in his district, he took the name Peter at baptism. Worked as a catechist for missionaries in Sichuan; instructed 600 people in Christianity. Arrested on 3 April 1814 during a violent backlash against the faith. Imprisoned and tortured to break him from his faith, he worked to inspire the faith in his fellow prisoners, and led prayer services in the cells. Condemned to death for refusing to step on a crucifix. Martyr.

Born

1768 at Longping in Guizhou Province, China

Died

strangled to death on 7 November 1814 at Tsen-y-Fou, Su-Tchuen province, China

Beatified

27 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

Be loyal to the Lord, accept his will. - Saint Peter in a letter to his wife from prison

Heaven, heaven, my true home! I see my heavenly Mother and my guardian angel coming to take me home. - Saint Peter's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-ou/


Saint Willibrord of Echternach

Also known as

• Clement of Echternach
• Apostle of the Frisians
• Willibrordus

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Son of Saint Hilgis. Educated at Ripon, England and in Ireland under Saint Egbert. Missionary to Friesland and Luxembourg with Saint Swithbert. Benedictine monk. Founding bishop of Utrecht, Netherlands in 695. Worked with Saint Boniface, Saint Rumold, Saint Werenfridus, Saint Engelmund, and Saint Adalbert of Egmond. Founded monasteries.

Born

658 at Northumbria, England

Died

• 7 November 739 of natural causes
• relics at Echternach, Luxembourg and in the Cathedral of Saint Catherine in Utrecht, Netherlands

Patronage

• against convulsions; convulsives
• against epilepsy; epileptics
• Belgium
• Luxembourg
• Netherlands
• archdiocese of Utrecht, Netherlands
• Heusden, Belgium
• Waalre, Netherlands

Representation

cleric dipping his staff into a cask

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-willibrord-of-echternach/


Saint Vincent Liêm

Also known as

• Vincent Liêm Quang Lê
• Vinh-son Le Quang Liem
• Vinh-son Liêm Quang Lê

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Born to the Tonkinese nobility. Studied in the Philippines. Joined the Dominicans in 1753, making his solemn profession in 1754. Ordained in 1758. Returned to Tonkin in January 1759 where he served as missionary and evangelist. Imprisoned for preaching Christianity, he preached to prisoners. Martyr.

Born

c.1732 in Trà Lu, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

beheaded on 7 November 1773 in Ðong Mo, Ha Tay, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincent-liem/


Saint Vincenzo Grossi

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One of seven children born to Baldassare Grossi and Maddalena Capellini. Ordained a priest in the diocese of Lodi, Italy on 22 May 1869. Noted for this simple austere life style, and the humour and trust in Christ that he brought to it. Founded the Daughters of the Oratory for the Christian eduction of young people.

Born

9 March 1845 in Pizzighettone, Cremona, Italy

Died

7 November 1917 in Vicobellignano, Cremona, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

18 October 2015 by Pope Francis at Rome, Italy

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincenzo-grossi/


Saint Jacinto Castañeda Puchasóns

Also known as

Hyacint, Hyacinth

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Dominican priest. Missionary to the Philippines, China, and Tonkin. Martyr.

Born

13 November 1743 in Xàtiva, Valencia, Spain

Died

beheaded on 7 November 1773 in Ðong Mo, Ha Tay, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jacinto-castaneda-puchasons/


Saint Prosdocimus of Padua

Also known as

Prosdecimus, Prosdocimo, Prosdozimus

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First bishop of Padua, Italy; he evangelized the entire region. Baptized Saint Daniel of Padua, who served him as deacon. Tradition says Prosdocimus was sent Saint Peter the Apostle.

Died

• c.100
• entombed is situated at the basilica of Santa Giustina at Padua, Italy

Patronage

• Asolo, Italy
• Cittadella, Italy
• Padua, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-prosdocimus-of-padua/


Saint Tremorus of Brittany

Also known as

Trémeur

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Son of Saint Triphina. Educated by Saint Gildas the Wise. Murdered as a child by his step-father, Count Conmore due to his hatred of the faith.

Died

6th century at a monastery at Carhaix, Brittany (in modern France)

Patronage

Carhaix, France

Representation

child holding his own severed head and a palm branch of martyrdom

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tremorus-of-brittany/


Saint Florentius of Strasbourg

Also known as

Florent

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Immigrated to Alsace (in modern France), and built a monastery at Haselac. Bishop of Strasbourg, France in 678.

Born

Ireland

Died

c.693

Patronage

• against gall stones
• against ruptures

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-florentius-of-strasbourg/


Saint Gébétrude of Remiremont

Also known as

Gertrude of Remiremont

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Grandaughter of Saint Romaricus. Niece of Saint Clare. Sister of Saint Adolphus. Educated at the convent at Saint-Mont where she became a Benedictine nun. Third abbess of Remiremont Abbey.

Died

c.680

Beatified

1051 by Pope Saint Leo IX (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gebetrude-of-remiremont/


Saint Ernest of Mecca

Also known as

Ernest of Zwiefalten

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Benedictine monk and then abbot at Zwiefalten Abbey in southern Germany. Crusader, making it to Arabia. Martyr.

Born

Steißlingen, Germany

Died

1148 in Mecca

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ernest-of-mecca/


Saint Herculanus of Perugia

Also known as

Ercolano, Herculan

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Bishop of Perugia, Italy. Martyred under orders of Ostro-Gothic leader Totila.

Died

beheaded 549 by Ostro-Gothic soldiers

Patronage

Perugia, Italy

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


Saint Hieron of Mytilene

Also known as

Gerone, Ierone

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Martyred with several fellow Christians in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

Armenia

Died

c.300 at Mytilene, Greece

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hieron-of-mytilene/


Saint Achillas

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Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Ordained Arius, the founder of the Arian heresy. Attacked by Meletianists for his orthodox Christianity.

Died

313 of natural causes

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


Saint Hesychius of Mytilene

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

Armenia

Died

c.300 at Mytilene, Greece

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hesychius-of-mytilene/


Saint Nicander of Mytilene

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

Armenia

Died

c.300 at Mytilene, Greece

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicander-of-mytilene/


Saint Amaranthus

Also known as

Amaranto

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Third century martyr.

Died

• at Vieux, France
• relics in the Cathedral of Albi, France

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


Saint Prosdocimus of Rieti

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Evangelizing first bishop of Rieti, Italy.

Born

1st century

Died

Rieti, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-prosdocimus-of-rieti/


Saint Taurio of Amphipolis

Also known as

Taurion

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Martyr.

Died

Amphipolis, Macedonia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-taurio-of-amphipolis/


Saint Thessalonica of Amphipolis

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Martyr.

Died

Amphipolis, Macedonia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thessalonica-of-amphipolis/


Saint Raverranus of Séez

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Bishop of Séez, France.

Died

682

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-raverranus-of-seez/


Saint Auctus of Amphipolis

ProfileMartyr.

Died

Amphipolis, Macedonia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-auctus-of-amphipolis/


Saint Congar

Also known as

Cungaro

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No reliable information available.

Born

Wales

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


Saint Blinlivet

Also known as

Blevileguetus

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Ninth century bishop of Vannes, France.

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


Saint Amarand

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Abbot of Moissac, France. Bishop of Albi, Italy.

Died

c.700

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


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 Alfredo Fanjul Acebal
Blessed Andrés Francisco Simón Gómez
Blessed Isabelino Carmona Fernández
Blessed José Delgado Pérez
Blessed José Vega Riaño
Blessed Juan Mendibelzúa Ocerín
Blessed Manuel Marín Pérez
Blessed Serviliano Riaño Herrero
Blessed Vicente Rodríguez Fernández


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• All Dominican Saints
• Martyrs of Melitene
• Antonio of Ancyra
• Baudino of Tours
• Cassina of Ancyra
• Eleanor of Portugal
• Lazarus the Galesiota
• Lucia of Settefonti
• Melasippo of Ancyra


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