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Saint Of The Day: St. Francis Of Paola - April 2nd


Pope Leo X canonized him in 1519. He is considered to be a patron saint of boatmen, mariners and naval officers. His liturgical feast day is celebrated by the universal Church on April 2nd, the day on which he died. In 1963, Pope John XXIII designated him as the patron saint of Calabria. Though his miracles were numerous, he was canonized for his humility and discernment in blending the contemplative life with the active one.

St. Francis of Paola was favored with an eminent spirit of prophecy.

Pope Clement XII, in the brief "Coelestium Munerum Dispensatio" of December 2, 1738, promulgated an indulgence to all the faithful who, upon 13 Fridays continuously preceding the Feast of St. Francis of Paola, or at any other time of the year, shall, in honor of this Saint, visit a church of the Minims and pray there for the Church. In this brief, mention is made of a devotion which originated with St. Francis himself, who, on each of 13 Fridays, used to recite 13 Pater Nosters (Our Fathers) and as many Ave Marias (Hail Marys), and this devotion he promulgated by word of mouth and by letter to his own devout followers, as an efficacious means of obtaining from God the graces they desired, provided they were for the greater good of their souls.

In 1562, a group of Protestant Huguenots in France broke open his tomb and found the saint's body incorrupt. They dragged it, burned it and scattered the bones, which were recovered by Catholic faithful and distributed as relics to various churches of his order.

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