Famous Italian Saints

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Saint Valentine
(3rd-century Roman Saint)

Saint Valentine
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Birthdate: 0226 AD
Birthplace: Terni, Italy
Died: 0269 AD

The patron saint of lovers, beekeepers, and epileptics, Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century Roman saint from Terni. One legend describes how he cured a jailer’s daughter of blindness. He was martyred during the persecution of Christians by Claudius II Gothicus. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in his honor on February 14.

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Benedict of Nursia
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Birthdate: March 3, 0480
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norcia, Italy
Died: March 21, 0547
The only valid mention of Saint Benedict is found in the Dialogues of St. Gregory I. Of the many legends about him is the one in which he rolled himself against bushes to inflict wounds, just to escape the Devil who showed the image of a beautiful woman to him.

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Maria Goretti
(Regarded as a Roman Catholic saint and martyr)

Maria Goretti
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Birthdate: October 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corinaldo, Italy
Died: July 6, 1902
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Thomas Aquinas
(Philosopher, Theologian)

Thomas Aquinas
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Birthdate: January 25, 1225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy
Died: March 7, 1274
Dominican friar and Catholic priest Thomas Aquinas was also a Doctor of the Church. He tried to mingle Aristotelian philosophy and Christianity. His works, including Summa Theologica and Disputed Questions on Truth, and his views on the Scriptures have been studied as prominent texts on theology, philosophy, and canon law.

St Francis of Assisi
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Birthdate: 1181 AD
Birthplace: Assisi, Italy
Died: October 3, 1226

An Italian Catholic friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher, St Francis of Assisi was the founder of the men's Order of Friars Minor and the women's Order of Saint Clare. He arranged for the first Christmas live nativity scene in 1223. Also known as Francesco, he is one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity.

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Roch
(Catholic Saint)

Roch
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Birthdate: 1348 AD
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: August 16, 1379
Saint Roch, or Rocco, the 14th-century saint from Montpellier, had taken care of victims of the Black Death in Italy. Having fallen prey to the same disease, he was rescued by a dog in a forest. The illness changed his appearance and caused him to be imprisoned for being an imposter.

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Josephine Bakhita
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Birthdate: June 10, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: February 8, 1947
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Agnes of Rome
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Birthdate: 0291 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0304 AD

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Pope John XXIII
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Birthdate: November 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Italy
Died: June 3, 1963

Pope John XXIII served as the Bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death in 1963. He took many people by surprise when he called the historic Second Vatican Council, which addressed relations between the modern world and the Catholic Church. Pope John XXIII was canonized on 27 April 2014.

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Philip Neri
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Birthdate: July 21, 1515
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: May 25, 1595

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Hippolytus of Rome
(Theologian)

Hippolytus of Rome
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Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0235 AD

Remembered as the first antipope, Hippolytus of Rome is believed to have gone against the Roman popes and led a group against the bishop of Rome. Before dying as a martyr, though, he reconciled with Pontian and called out to his supporters to reunite with Rome.

James, brother of Jesus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth
Died: 0062 AD

James, brother of Jesus, was a Christian apostle and led the Jerusalem Christians. Mentioned in the Gospels as one of the four brothers of Jesus. He was apparently stoned to death or thrown from a tower by priestly authorities. Some scholars believe he was more of a cousin of Jesus.

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Alphonsus Liguori
(Italian Catholic Bishop, Founder of the 'Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer' Known as the 'Redemptorists')

Alphonsus Liguori
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Birthdate: September 27, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marianella, Naples, Italy
Died: August 1, 1787

Catholic bishop Alphonsus Liguori was the man behind the formation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists. He stepped into his spiritual life after an 8-year stint as a lawyer. He is also remembered for his works on moral theology and equiprobabilism.

Benedetta Carlini
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Birthdate: 1591 AD
Birthplace: Pescia, Italy
Died: 1661 AD

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Pope Gregory I
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Birthdate: 0540 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 12, 0604

Pope Gregory I served as the bishop of Rome from 590 until his death in 604. He is best remembered for sending the Gregorian Mission to Britain, which was successful in converting the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. He is also credited with developing the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and is widely regarded as its de facto author.

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Bonaventure
(Italian Catholic Franciscan, Bishop, Theologian and Philosopher)

Bonaventure
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Birthdate: 1221 AD
Birthplace: Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Died: July 15, 1274

Bonaventure was an Italian philosopher, scholastic theologian, and Franciscan. A prominent philosopher, Bonaventure wrote on various subjects and his writings are considered substantial. Bonaventure, who served as the Cardinal Bishop of Albano, was canonized by Pope Sixtus IV on 14 April 1482.

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Scholastica
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Birthdate: March 2, 0480
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nursia, Umbria, Italy
Died: February 10, 0543

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Pope Pius IX
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Birthdate: May 13, 1792
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Senigallia, Italy
Died: February 7, 1878

Pope Pius IX served as the longest-tenured pope. His reign also witnessed the first Vatican Council and was thus the last pope who had control over the Papal States. He also issued the Syllabus of Errors and inspired books such as The Pope Who Would Be King by David Kertzer.

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Zita
(Saint)

Zita
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Birthdate: 1212 AD
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: April 27, 1272

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Clare of Assisi
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Birthdate: July 16, 1194
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Assisi, Italy
Died: August 11, 1253
Clare of Assisi, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, ran away from home to escape marriage and received her vows instead. She later formed the Poor Clares. She was made the patron saint of television, as she had once seen the Mass on the walls of her room.

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John Bosco
(Italian Catholic Priest Known for Educating the Poor and Founded the Education System 'Salesian Preventive System')

John Bosco
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Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

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Saint Cecilia
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Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 22, 0230

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Pope Pius I
(Was the Bishop of Rome from c. 140 to his death c. 154)

Pope Pius I
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Birthdate: September 7, 0081
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aquileia, Italy
Died: 0154 AD

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Pope Pius X
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Birthdate: June 2, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riese Pio X, Italy
Died: August 20, 1914

Pope Pius X was the head of the Catholic Church from 1903 to 1914. He is credited for initiating the preparation of the 1917 Code of Canon Law. He was vehemently opposed to modernism as a pope. He regularly gave homily sermons in the pulpit, a rare practice for popes. He was beatified in 1951 and canonized in 1954.

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Saint Eustace
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0118 AD

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Pope Sixtus I
(Bishop of Rome from c. 115 to his death)

Pope Sixtus I
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Birthdate: 0042 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0125 AD

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Pope Sylvester I
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Birthdate: 0285 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 31, 0335

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Rita of Cascia
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Birthdate: 1381 AD
Birthplace: Roccaporena, Italy
Died: May 22, 1457

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Cristina Scuccia
(Singer, Nun)

Cristina Scuccia
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Birthdate: August 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vittoria, Italy

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Saint Rosalia
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Birthdate: 1130 AD
Birthplace: Palermo, Kingdom of Sicily
Died: 1166 AD

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Catherine of Siena
(Mystic, Author)

Catherine of Siena
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Birthdate: March 25, 1347
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: April 29, 1380

Catherine of Siena was a mystic, author, and activist. Thanks to her influence over Pope Gregory XI, Catherine is widely regarded as a prominent figure of medieval Catholicism. She also had a strong influence on the Catholic Church and Italian literature. Canonized in 1461, Catherine of Siena was declared the patron saint of Italy in 1939.

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Bernardino of Siena
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Birthdate: September 8, 1380
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Massa Marittima, Italy
Died: May 20, 1444

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Saint Spyridon
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Birthdate: 0270 AD
Birthplace: Paşaköy, Cyprus
Died: 0348 AD

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Camillus de Lellis
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Birthdate: May 25, 1550
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Province of Chieti, Italy
Died: July 14, 1614

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Pope Hormisdas
(Former Pope)

Pope Hormisdas
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Birthdate: 0450 AD
Birthplace: Frosinone, Italy
Died: August 6, 0523

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Pope Caius
(Saint)

Pope Caius
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Birthdate: 0245 AD
Birthplace: Roman Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: April 22, 0296

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Pope Leo I
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Birthdate: 0400 AD
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: November 10, 0461

Pope Leo I was the bishop of Rome from 440 to 461. A Roman Aristocrat, he is credited to have convinced Attila the Hun to turn back from his invasion of Italy. He was a prolific writer and around 100 sermons and 150 letters composed by him have been preserved. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates him on 18 February. 

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Pope Gregory VII
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Birthdate: 1015 AD
Birthplace: Sovana, Italy
Died: May 25, 1085

Pope Gregory VII is remembered for his role in the Investiture Controversy or the Gregorian Reform. He became the first pope to depose a ruler, Emperor Henry IV, leading to a long conflict between the Catholic Church and the monarchy. He is now revered as a Catholic saint.

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Lucifer
(Bishop of Cagliari)

Lucifer
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy
Died: 0370 AD

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Agatha of Sicily
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Birthdate: 0231 AD
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: 0251 AD

Agatha of Sicily is a Christian saint, one of the several virgin martyrs commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She was put to death during the Decian persecution (250–253) in Catania, Sicily. Owing to her determined profession of faith, she is highly venerated in Christianity. She is the patron saint of martyrs and wet nurses. 

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Margaret of Cortona
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Birthdate: 1247 AD
Birthplace: Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Died: February 22, 1297

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Jason of Thessalonica
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey

Saint Francis of Paola
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Birthdate: March 27, 1416
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paola, Italy
Died: April 1, 1507

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Peter of Verona
(Preacher)

Peter of Verona
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Birthdate: 1205 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: April 6, 1252

Margaret of Castello
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Birthdate: 1287 AD
Birthplace: Castello della Metola, Italy
Died: April 12, 1320

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Maria Celeste
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Birthdate: August 16, 1600
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: April 2, 1634

Frances Xavier Cabrini
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Birthdate: July 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Died: December 22, 1917

Frances Xavier Cabrini was an Italian-American nun who founded a Catholic religious institute called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The institute played a major role in supporting Italian immigrants to the US. In 1946, Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Veronica Giuliani
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Birthdate: December 27, 1660
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy
Died: July 9, 1727

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Angela of Foligno
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Birthdate: 1248 AD
Birthplace: Foligno, Italy
Died: January 4, 1309

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Pope Innocent VIII
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Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 25, 1492