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Saints related to Patron-of-prisoners

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  • St. Barbara
    According to her legend, St. Barbara secretly becaeme a Christian. When her father discovered that she had converted, he dragged her before a judge, where she was condemned, tortured and beheaded.
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  • St. Joan of Arc
    When St. Joan of Arc was 16, heavenly voices revealed to her that God wanted her to save France. She courageously led French forces to a number of victories over the English in the Hundred Years War. Eventually, the English took her prisoner and tried her for heresy. She was convicted on false evidence and burned as a heretic. It wasn't until 500 years after her death that she was finally canonized.
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  • St. Louis
    Saint Louis was born in 1214 to King Louis VII and the saintly Queen Blanche. Greatly influenced by his mother, he was considered pious even from his youth. At age 22, he ascended to the throne and ruled France justly, helping the poor and promoting the Christian faith.
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  • St. Mark
    St. Mark the Evangelist, sometimes referred to as John Mark, was the author of the second Gospel, written through St. Peter's eyes. St. Mark did missionary work with St. Barnabas and St. Paul in Cyprus, and proclaimed with St. Peter and St. Paul in Rome. According to the Coptic Church, he was martyred in 68, but other sources say he died c. 74-75.
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  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
    St. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. He was a Franciscan priest and missionary to Japan. He was arrested by the Nazis in 1939 when they invaded Poland. He was released and arrested again, and this time was sent to Auschwitz. He died in 1941 in lieu of a man who was to be killed in retribution for a prisoner escape.
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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. Vincent de Paul
    St. Vincent De Paul was born poor in Pouy, Gascony, France on April 24, 1580. He was ordained a priest in 1601. He founded what became the Lazarists or Congregation of the Priests of the Mission, and many other groups to help the poor, sick, and unemployed. He died on Sept. 27, 1660.
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  • St. Walter of Pontoise
    St. Walter Of Pontnoise was born in 1030 at Picardy, France. King Philip I named him the initial abbot at the new Pontoise monastery. He tried twice to leave the post, even asking Pope Gregory VII for release from the position, so he could live in solitude. The pope refused. Walter opposed secular clergy evil and simony, the selling of church offices. He died on Good Friday, 1099.
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