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July 5

Saint Anthony Zaccaria, Priest and Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

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Saint Anthony Zaccaria was born in 1502 in Italy. Well-educated; he studied Greek, Latin, philosophy and medicine. His mother’s love for the poor inspired his own charisms; so, at age 26, Saint Anthony decided to change professions and enter the priesthood. As a man for the masses, Saint Anthony moved to the populous city of Milan and preached among the people. He pursued the Gospels simply and clearly and as such, incited a movement. The Clerics Regular of St. Paul, the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, and the Laity of St. Paul were all founded under his initial leadership. Pope Benedict XVI, in a preface written about Saint Anthony wrote he was, “an authentic man of God… a true leader, able to convert others to good.”[1][2]

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal was a princess and queen in the 13th century, daughter to Pedro III; King of Aragon, and Constantia; granddaughter to Frederick II. Her upbringing led her to pious works including the daily recitation of the Office, fasting, and works of charity and mercy. When her husband, Denis; the King of Portugal, and her son went to war over the throne, Saint Elizabeth valiantly rode into battle between their armies to incite peace. A truce was formed and as such, Saint Elizabeth often bears the name ‘Peacemaker.’[3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria.”
[2] Benjamin Mann, Church honors priest and founder St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Catholic News Agency, 2012.
[3] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Elizabeth of Portugal.”
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