Famous Italian Saints

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Thomas Aquinas
(Italian Theologian & Philosopher)
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.
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Saint Valentine
(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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Pope John XXIII
(Head of the Catholic Church from 1958 to 1963)
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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James, brother of Jesus
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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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Pope Gregory I
(Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604)
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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Benedict of Nursia
(Italian Christian Monk, Writer, Theologian and Founder of Western Christian Monasticism)
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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Clare of Assisi
(Italian Saint and One of the First Followers of ‘Francis of Assisi’)
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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Pope Pius IX
(Head of the Catholic Church from 1846 to 1878)
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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St Francis of Assisi
(Founder of the Franciscans and One of the Most Venerated Figures in Christianity)
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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Rita of Cascia
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Birthdate: 1381 AD
Birthplace: Roccaporena, Italy
Died: May 22, 1457
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Ambrose
(Ancient Bishop of Milan Who Also Contributed to Music and Literature)
Ambrose
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Birthdate: 0339 AD
Birthplace: Trier, Germany
Died: April 4, 0397

A 4th-century bishop of Milan, Aurelius Ambrosius was a strong supporter of the Latin church and a vocal opponent of Arianism and paganism. He also converted St. Augustine of Hippo. He is also remembered as an important literary figure and also composed several hymns.

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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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Pope Gregory VII
(Head of the Catholic Church from 1073 to 1085)
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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Pope Leo I
(Bishop of Rome from 440 to 461)
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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Agatha of Sicily
(Christian Saint)
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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Catherine of Siena
(Italian Mystic, Activist, Author and a Doctor of the Church)
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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Josephine Bakhita
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Birthdate: June 10, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: February 8, 1947
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Saint Cecilia
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Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 22, 0230
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Frances Xavier Cabrini
(Italian-American Catholic Religious Sister and Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
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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Agnes of Rome
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Birthdate: 0291 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0304 AD
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Pope Innocent VIII
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Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 25, 1492
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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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Pope Pius III
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Birthdate: May 9, 1439
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sarteano, Italy
Died: October 18, 1503
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Pope Pius VI
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Birthdate: December 25, 1717
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 29, 1799
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Pope Pius V
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Birthdate: January 17, 1504
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bosco Marengo, Italy
Died: May 1, 1572
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Gianna Beretta Molla
(Italian Roman Catholic Pediatrician)
Gianna Beretta Molla
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Birthdate: October 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Magenta, Italy
Died: April 28, 1962

Gianna Beretta Molla was a Roman Catholic pediatrician, canonized as a saint for saving her unborn child’s life at the expense of her own. Although she knew that the removal of only the fibroma would endanger her life, she refused have an abortion, thus upholding the Roman Catholic doctrine that even an unborn child has a fundamental right to life.

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Hippolytus of Rome
(Theologian, Martyr and Bishop of Pontus)
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.

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Pope Urban VIII
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Birthdate: April 5, 1568
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 29, 1644
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Robert Bellarmine
(Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Robert Bellarmine
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Birthdate: October 4, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: September 17, 1621

Robert Bellarmine was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. One of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation, he has been named a Doctor of the Church. He has also been canonized as a saint. He was a  professor of theology at the Roman College and later became its rector. He became Archbishop of Capua in 1602. 

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Aloysius Gonzaga
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Birthdate: March 9, 1568
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: June 21, 1591
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Pope Fabian
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Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 20, 0250
Benedetta Carlini
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Birthdate: 1591 AD
Birthplace: Pescia, Italy
Died: 1661 AD
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Januarius
(Bishop of Benevento and Patron Saint of Naples - Martyred During the Great Persecution)
Januarius
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Birthdate: April 21, 0272
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Benevento, Italy
Died: September 19, 0305

A 4th-century bishop of Benevento and a patron saint of Naples, Saint Januarius is said to have been martyred during the Great Persecution under Roman emperor Diocletian. It is believed that his blood, which has been solidified and preserved in the Naples Cathedral, liquefies 18 times a year.

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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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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.

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Pope Paul IV
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Birthdate: June 28, 1476
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Capriglia Irpina, Italy
Died: August 18, 1559
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Pope Clement VIII
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Birthdate: February 24, 1536
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fano, Italy
Died: March 3, 1605
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Pope Martin V
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Birthdate: January 26, 1369
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genazzano, Italy
Died: February 20, 1431
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Pope Innocent X
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Birthdate: May 6, 1574
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 7, 1655
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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 II
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Birthdate: October 18, 1405
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corsignano, Republic of Siena
Died: August 14, 1464
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Pope Gregory XVI
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Birthdate: September 18, 1765
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: June 1, 1846
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Pope Innocent IV
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Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: December 7, 1254
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Pope Paul V
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Birthdate: September 17, 1550
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 28, 1621
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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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Pope Gregory X
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Birthdate: 1210 AD
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Died: January 10, 1276
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Pope Leo XII
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Birthdate: August 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Genga, Italy
Died: February 10, 1829
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Pope Urban VII
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Birthdate: August 4, 1521
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: September 27, 1590