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She decided to devote her life to religious works, with the help of Pope Gregory IX. She became a member of the Franciscan Poor Clares , a religious order founded by Clare of Assisi with whom she corresponded for over two decades but never met in person. On land donated by her brother, Wenceslaus I , she founded the Hospital of St. Francis ca.
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Taking the vow of poverty, she cooked for and took care of the lepers and paupers personally even after becoming the Mother Superior of the Prague Clares in Attributes: Patronage: Prayer:. According to his Acta he was martyred by being beaten, attacked with iron carding combs , and beheaded. In iconography , Blaise is often shown with the instruments of his martyrdom, iron combs. The similarity of these instruments of torture to wool combs led to his adoption as patron of wool combers in particular, and the wool trade in general.
He may also be depicted with crossed candles. Such crossed candles left unlighted for safety reasons are used for the blessing of throats on the feast day of St. Blaise, which falls on February 3, the day after Candlemas on the General Roman Calendar , Blaise is traditionally believed to intercede in cases of throat illnesses, especially for fish-bones stuck in the throat.
This comes from a legend, which tells us, that Blaise healed a young boy, who would have died because of a fish-bone stuck in his throat.
He cured animals and lived in a cave, protected and fed by wild animals. Before being killed, he spoke to a wolf and told it to release a pig it was harming. The wolf did so. Saint Blaise was going to be starved but the owner of the pig secretly gave him food in order to survive. After a while, he was tortured because of what he believed in but did not give up faith, he then died in the year Attributes: Wool comb, candles, tending a choking boy or animals Patronage: Animals, builders, choking, veterinarians, throats, Sicily, Dalmatia, Dubrovnik , Rubiera , stonecutters, carvers, wool workers.
Prayer: O God, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name.
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Through Christ our Lord. From the age of nine, St. Casimir received his education from Fr. When Casimir was thirteen he was offered the throne of Hungary by factions discontented with king Mattias Corvinus. Casimir, who was eager to defend the Cross against the Turks , accepted the call and went to Hungary to receive the crown. Casimir was unsuccessful in his undertaking and returned as a fugitive.
He again became the pupil of Fr. In , the king went to Lithuania for five years, and Casimir was left in charge of Poland. From - he administered the state with great prudence and justice.
His father tried to arrange a marriage with a daughter of Emperor Frederick III , but Casimir preferred to remain single. Due to his devout faith and weakened by excessive fasting, he developed severe lung problems, possibly tuberculosis , which he proved unable to fight off. On a journey to Lithuania in , he died at Hrodna , Belarus. His remains were interred in Vilnius , Lithuania. Saint Piran or Perran traditionally in Cornwall , saints are simply named, without this title is an early 6th century Cornish abbot and saint, supposedly of Irish origin.
He is the patron saint of tin - miners , and is also generally regarded as the patron saint of Cornwall , although Saint Michael and Saint Petroc also have some claim to this title. Saint Piran's Flag is a white cross on a black background. Saint Piran's Day is 5 March.
Piran is the most famous of all the saints said to have come to Cornwall from Ireland. However, there is no shrine to him in Ireland. His father is, however, sometimes said to have been a Cornishman.
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Loth, moreover, has argued, on detailed philological grounds, that the two names could not possibly be identical. Doble thought that Piran was a Welshman from Glamorgan , citing the lost chapel once dedicated to him in Cardiff.
It is said that at his death the remains of the Blessed Martin the Abbot which he had brought from Ireland were buried with him at Perranzabuloe. His own remains were subsequently exhumed and redistributed to be venerated in various reliquaries. Exeter Cathedral was reputed to be the possessor of one of his arms, while according to an inventory, St Piran's Old Church, Perranzabuloe, had a reliquary containing his head and also a hearse in which his body was placed for processionals.
Attributes: Patronage: tin-miners and Cornwall Prayer:. He is honoured as the apostle of the Alamanns. There is very little definite information on Fridolin. He is traditionally venerated as an Irish missionary and the first to work among the Alamanns on the Upper Rhine , in the time of the Merovingians. According to his biography, he belonged to a noble family in Ireland, and at first was a missionary there.
Afterwards crossing to France, he came to Poitiers , where in answer to a vision, he sought out the relics of Saint Hilarius , and built a church for them.
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Saint Hilarius subsequently appeared to him in a dream, and commanded him to proceed to an island in the Rhine, in the territories of the Alamanns. In obedience to this summons, Fridolin approached the "Emperor" Clovis , who granted him possession of the still unknown island, and thence proceeded through "Helion"  , Strasbourg and Coire , founding churches in every district in honour of Saint Hilarius. He also spent considerable time in the territory that is now Switzerland , where he converted the landowner Urso.
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On his death Urso left his enormous lands, now the Canton of Glarus , to Fridolin, who founded numerous churches. Urso's brother Landolf refused to accept the legitimacy of the gift and brought Fridolin before a court at Rankweil to prove his title. Fridolin did so by summoning Urso from the dead to confirm the gift in person, so terrifying Landolf that he gave his lands to Fridolin as well.
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Fridolin is thus often represented with a decomposing corpse, in reference to this story. The inhabitants of the banks of the Rhine, however, who used the island as pasture for their cattle, mistook Fridolin for a cattle-robber and expelled him. On his production of Clovis's deed of gift, he was allowed to return, and to found a church and monastery on the island.
He then resumed his missionary labours. He founded the "Scottish monastery" " Schottenstift " in Konstanz , and extended his mission to Augsburg. Attributes: with a decomposing corpse Patronage: Prayer:. On August 15, , St. Cosme de Torres , S. On September 29, St.
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A promising beginning to those missions—perhaps as many as , Christians by the end of the sixteenth century—met complications from competition between the missionary groups, political difficulty between Spain and Portugal, and factions within the government of Japan. Christianity was suppressed. By , Christianity was driven underground.
The first Martyrs of Japan are commemorated on February 5 when, on that date in , twenty-six missionaries and converts were killed by crucifixion. Two hundred and fifty years later, when Christian missionaries returned to Japan, they found a community of Japanese Christians that had survived underground. The shogunate and imperial government at first supported the Catholic mission and the missionaries, thinking that they would reduce the power of the Buddhist monks, and help trade with Spain and Portugal ; however, the shogunate was also wary of colonialism, seeing that in the Philippines the Spanish had taken power after converting the population and other colonial powers had done the same elsewhere.
The government increasingly saw Roman Catholicism as a threat, and started persecuting Christians; eventually, the Roman Catholic religion was banned and those who refused to abandon their faith were killed. On February 5, , twenty-six Christians — six European Franciscan missionaries , three Japanese Jesuits and seventeen Japanese laymen including three young boys — were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki. These individuals were raised on crosses and then pierced through with spears. While there were many more martyrs, the first martyrs came to be especially revered, the most celebrated of which was Paul Miki.
Attributes: Martyrs Patronage: Prayer:. He is the patron saint of orphans and founder of the Somaschi Fathers in Emiliani was born at Venice, as son of Angelo Emiliani popularly called Miani and of Eleonore Mauroceni, joined the army, and in defended Castelnuovo against the League of Cambray. Taken prisoner and miraculously liberated, he made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Treviso , in fulfillment of a vow. All his spare time was devoted to the study of theology and to works of charity. After his ordination to the priesthood in , the hospitals and the hovels of the poor were his favourite resorts.
In the year of plague and famine , he seemed to be everywhere, and showed his zeal especially for the orphans, whose number had so greatly increased. He rented a house for them near the church of St. Rose and, with the assistance of some pious laymen, ministered to their wants. To his charge was also committed the hospital for incurables, founded by St.