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Saints related to Patron-of-the-poor

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  • St. Anne
    St. Anne, or Ann, is the mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. She was married to St. Joachim and according to tradition, the holy couple was childless for many years, before they received the Blessed Virgin Mary in answer to their prayers.
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  • St. Anthony of Padua
    Wanting to join the Franciscan martyrs, St. Anthony left his native Portugal and set sail for Morocco, but his ship providentially wrecked off the coast of Italy. There St. Francis himself appointed St. Anthony to go preach. His preaching made him famous and he is still known for the astounding miracles her performed and the great conversions he brought about.
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  • St. Lawrence
    St. Lawrence was a deacon who lived in the 3rd century, a time of great persecution of Christians in Rome. He was brought before a judge, who ordered a slow, painful death, that he be grilled over a small fire. As he was dying, St. Lawrence joke, "Turn me over, I'm done on this side."
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  • St. Lucy
    St. Lucy lived in Syracuse in the early fourth century and was a virgin martyr of the Diocletian persecution. Refusing to marry a pagan, St. Lucy was turned over to the governor and she was tortured and killed. According to legend, as part of her tortures, her eyes were put out.
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  • St. Luigi Orione
    St. Luigi Orione was born in 1872 in Pontecurone, Italy . As a seminarian, he opened a school to provide a Christian education for poor young men. He was ordained a priest and founded the Hermits of Divine Providence and the Ladies of Divine Providence.
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  • St. Maria Goretti
    St. Maria Goretti was born Oct. 16, 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy. She was stabbed repeatedly during a rape attempt when she refused to submit. In the hospital, St. Maria forgave the young man before dying of her wounds. She died on July 6, 1902, before her twelfth birthday.
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  • St. Martin de Porres
    St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579 to a freed black slave and a noble Spaniard. He joined the Dominicans and through his endless penances, became a martyr in life. He is credited with miraculous healing.
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  • St. Nicholas
    St. Nicholas dedicated his life to serving God as a priest, and then as a bishop. One of the best known stories of St. Nicholas is one where he saved three girls from slavery by paying their dowry. His legends led way to his being associated with Santa Claus.
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  • St. Philomena
    St. Philomena was a Greek princess in the 3rd century who was martyred at a young age. She refused Emperor Diocletian and was subject to torture. She was eventually decapitated. Her tomb was discovered in the nineteenth century.
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  • St. Regina
    St. Regina was born in Alesia, on the boarder of ancient Gaul and Rome. She was raised Christian by her nurse, and lived with her as a shepherdess after her pagan father threw her out. She was imprisoned after rejecting the prefect Olybrius's offer of marriage. She was tortured and eventually killed.
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