All posts tagged "Spain"

John of the Cross



Feast Day: December 14 Canonized: December 27, 1726 Beatified: January 25, 1675 Born in 1542, John was raised in Spain by a widowed mother who could barely provide for her sons. At a young age, he worked in a hospital…

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María Maravillas of Jesús



Feast Day: December 11 Canonized: May 4, 2003 Beatified: May 10, 1998 Venerated: December 17, 1996 María Maravillas Pidal y Chico de Guzmán was born into an important royal family in Madrid, Spain, in 1891. Her father was also Spain’s ambassador…

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Francis Xavier



Feast Day: December 3 Canonized: March 12, 1622 Beatified: October 25, 1619 The Catholic Church calls Saint Francis Xavier “the Apostle to the Indies” and “the Apostle of Japan.” The word apostle means “one who is sent.” Jesus sent his…

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Peter of Alcantara



Feast Day: October 18 (19) Canonized: April 28, 1669 Beatified: April 18, 1622 Peter was born in Spain in 1499. Faith and education were both important in Peter’s life from the time he was a young boy. He joined the…

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Teresa of Ávila



Feast Day: October 15 Canonized: March 12, 1622 Beatified: April 24, 1614 Teresa was born in 1515 in Ávila. She proved at an early age that she was an intelligent and thoughtful person. Teresa and her brother, Rodrigo, didn’t play…

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Peter Claver



Feast Day: September 9 Canonized: January 15, 1888 Beatified: September 21, 1851 Peter Claver walked to the dock. He saw the ship that came from Africa. Peter saw guards outside the ship. He had to get on that boat. The…

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Dominic de Guzman



Feast Day: August 8 Canonized: July 13, 1234 Since the beginning of the Church, some people have preached false beliefs. The Church calls these people heretics. It calls their beliefs heresies. One such heresy spread through southern France in the…

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