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Bl. Miguel Pro

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Bl. Miguel Pro was a Jesuit priest in Mexico at a time when the government was trying to suppress the Catholic faith. Priests were forced to marry, arrested for false crimes, or just killed, and churches were forced to close. Miguel continued to run his church secretly, for which he was arrested. He was released, but soon after he was arrested again and accused of attempting to assassinate a general. Despite witnesses saying he wasn't involved, Miguel was executed for the crime, refusing a blindfold so he could face the firing squad. He held a crucifix in one hand and a rosary in the other, and after forgiving the soldiers who were about to kill him, his last words were "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" - "Long live Christ the King!".  Lifetime:  1891 to 1927 Region:  Mexico Patronages:  Martyrs; Those facing persecution Iconograpy:  Rosary; Priest garb; Holding out arms at execution; Viva Cristo Rey banner Feast Day:  November 23

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary was born a princess and married another noble when she was a teenager. Shortly after, she became serious about her faith and began to give her wealth to the poor. But after her husband died on his way to war, Elizabeth took it to a new level, taking vows similar to that of a nun. She used her wealth to build a hospital for the poor. Lifetime:  1207 to 1231 Region:  Hungary and Germany Patronages:  Bakers; Nurses; Widows Iconograpy:  Bread; Roses; Crown Feast Day:  November 17

St. Tabitha

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St. Tabitha the Widow, also known by her Greek name Dorcas, appears in Scripture in the book of Acts. She is identified there as a very charitable woman and a devout follower of Jesus who would make clothing for the poor until she fell ill and died. When St. Peter heard of her passing, he visited her town and prayed over her corpse, and she was miraculously restored to life. Lifetime:  1st century Region:  Israel Patronages:  Tailors and seamstresses Iconograpy: Woman holding cuts of fabric Feast Day:  October 25

St. Bruno of Cologne

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St. Bruno of Cologne is best known as the founder of the Carthusian order, an order of monks and nuns that combines hermitism with communal living. During his life, Bruno was also a teacher (one of his students would become Pope Urban II) and a chancellor for his archdiocese. He refused to be elevated to bishop in several different dioceses, and regularly spent long periods of time in solitude.  Lifetime:  1030-1101 Region:  Cologne, Germany; Reims, France Patronages:  Germany; Carthusian monastics Iconograpy:  Carthusian habit; Skull; Carthusian statutes Feast Day:  October 6

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

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Padre Pio was canonized in 2002 and is one of the most venerated among Catholic saints today. During his life, Padre Pio experienced the miracle of the stigmata, where wounds similar to those Christ bore in his crucifixion appeared on Pio's body. He suffered the wounds for over 50 years, and despite trying to hide them with mittens, became very well known for the unhealing sores on his hands. He also expressed other miracles in his life such as bilocation and miraculous healing. Lifetime:  1887 to 1968 Region:  Italy Patronages:  Adolescents; Civil defense volunteers Iconograpy:  Gloves or stigmata; Franciscan habit Feast Day:  September 23

Sts. Anne and Joachim

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Saints Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary, the Mother of God, and thus the grandparents of Jesus. Not much is known about them, and what is part of the tradition mostly comes from apocryphal texts such as the Gospel of James, as well as the Quran. According to tradition, Anne and Joachim were not able to conceive any children until old age, where God rewarded their piety and they conceived Mary shortly before Joachim's death. Lifetime:  1st century BC Region:  Judea Patronages:  Grandparents; Married couples; Child care providers Iconograpy:  Often portrayed together; Holding young Mary Feast Day:  July 26 (Western); September 9 (Eastern)