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April 2021

St. Agnes of Monte Pulciano

April 20
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Native of Monte Pulciano in Tuscany, St. Agnes had an extraordinary relish and ardor for prayer in her infancy and often spent whole hours in reciting the Our Father and Hail Mary, on her knees. At fifteen she moved from a convent of St. Francis to the order of St. Dominic at Proceno in Orvieto…

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St. Anselm

April 21
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St. Anselm, who was born at Aosta in Piedmont, became a monk at the abbey of Bec-Hellouin in Normandy which was ruled by his fellow countryman Lanfranc. He succeeded him as abbot of Bec in 1078 and then, in 1093 as archbishop of Canterbury. As a philosopher and theologian St. Anselm was one of the…

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Ss. Sotor and Caius

April 22
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St. Sotor succeeded Anicetus as Pope in 166, and died a martyr in 175 under the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Caius, whose relics are preserved at the sanctuary of St. Silverster in Rome, governed the Church a century later and was martyred on April 22, 296. The popes of the first centuries suffered the heavy anxiety…

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St. George

April 23
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Veneration of St. George comes to us from the east, probably from Palestine where he was held in high honor as a martyr. Regarded as the patron of Christian armies he is venerated under this title by the Latins as well as by the Greeks. In Rome there is a sanctuary built in his honor,…

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St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

April 24
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Born at Sigmaringen in Swabia in 1577, St. Fidelis practiced at first as a lawyer and so took to heart the cause of the needy that he was known as the poor man’s lawyer. Then he joined the Capuchin Friars Minor and was sent by the Holy See to the Grisons in order to bring…

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St. Mark

April 25
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St. Mark is one of the four Evangelists. He was not one of the Apostles but was a disciple of theirs from the outset and soon became their companion in their mission. He appears to have been associated especially with St. Peter; he acted as his interpreter and wrote down his teaching. The Gospel of…

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Ss. Cletus and Marcellinus

April 26
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St. Cletus is identical with St. Anacletus and figures in the list of Popes as the second successor of St. Peter, from 76 to 88. St. Marcellinus governed the Church two centuries later, from 296 to 304, during the terrible Diocletian persecution.

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St. Peter Canisius

April 27
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Born at Nijmegen, St. Peter Canisius belonged to the Society of Jesus. With St. Boniface he shares the title of Apostle of Germany. By his preaching, his devotional and controversial books, the colleges that he founded, and his missions undertaken on behalf of four popes to German bishops and princes, he successfully worked against the…

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St. Paul of the Cross

April 28
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Born in Italy not far from Genoa, from his early years St. Paul of the Cross showed a great love for our Savior’s passion. After living for some time as a hermit he founded in Rome the Passionist Congregation, which is devoted to preaching the mystery of the Cross. His whole life was outstanding for…

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St. Peter of Verona

April 29
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St. Peter was born in Verona about 1205; his parents were Manichaeans, but he was converted and entered the Order of Preachers with the ambition not only of preaching the faith but of giving his life for it. He had his wish, for in the course of his apostolic work he was assassinated by the…

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