July 10 -- today's saints and blesseds

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On July 10, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

Sts. Alexander, Felix, Philip, Martial, Vitalis, Alexander, Silvanus, and Januarius (Italian, martyred c. 150)
St. Amalburga of Maubeuge (Belgian, widow, Benedictine nun, c. 690)
St. Amalburga of Münsterbilsen (Belgian, Benedictine nun, c. 770)
St. Anthony of the Caves [Anton] (Ukrainian, hermit in Greece and Ukraine, abbot, died at about age 90 in 1073)
St. Apollonius of Sardis (Lydian [from what is now Turkey], deacon, scourged and martyred by crucifixion in 4th century)
Sts. Bianor and Sylvanus (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], martyred by beheading in 4th century)
Blessed Martyrs of Damascus (European and Syrian [or Lebanese], eight Franciscans friars and three Maronite laymen, martyred by Moslems in 1860 [beatified 1926])
----- Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz of Santander [Manuel] (Spanish, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Carmel Volta of Valencia (Spanish, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Engelbert Kolland of Tyrolia (Austrian, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Nicanor Ascanius of Castille (Spanish, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Nicholas Alberca of Andalusia [Nicolás] (Spanish, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Peter Soler of Murcia [Pedro] (Spanish, Franciscan priest)
----- Bl. Francis Pinazo d'Arpuentes [Francisco] (Spanish, Franciscan brother)
----- Bl. John James Fernández [Juan Diego] (Spanish, Franciscan brother)
----- Bl. Francis Masabki (Lebanese, layman)
----- Bl. Abdul-Muti Masabki (Lebanese, layman)
----- Bl. Raphael Masabki (Lebanese, layman)
St. Etto of Fescau (Irish, Benedictine missionary in France and Belgium, bishop, c. 670)
Sts. Lantfrid, Waltram, and Elilantus, of Bavaria (German, biological brothers, Bendictine abbots, eight century)
Sts. Leontius, Maurice, Daniel, and 42 companions (Armenian, martyred c. 329)
Sts. Marinus and Nabor (African, early martyrs)
St. Paschasius of Nantes (French, bishop, c. 680)
St. Peter Da of Tonkin (Vietnamese, catechist, martyred in 1840 [beatified 1951, canonized 1988])
St. Peter of Perugia [Pietro] (Italian, nobleman, Benedictine abbot, d. 1007)
Sts. Rufina and Secunda of Rome (Italian, daughters of a senator, virgins, martyred by beheading in 257)

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints or blesseds and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Additional information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.

-- J. F. Gecik ("jfgecik@hotmail.com), July 10, 2004


May the Blessed Martyrs of Damascus pray for you Mr. Gecik.

-- Sports (Indians@need.help), July 10, 2004.

Thank you, "Sports" (i.e., Orioles). I appreciate your "topping" the thread!

-- ("jfgecik@hotmail.com), July 11, 2004.

My Dear Aunt is in need of prayers for her arm. St. Amalaburga is the patron saint of arm pain. Does anyone know a specific prayer to say to hear? I am asking this at my Aunt's request.

-- Frank Thomas (saintlysinner@excite.com), August 11, 2004.

-- (bump@to.top), August 12, 2004.

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