Monday, August 13, 2007

Saint for August 7

Saint Cajetan

He studied law in Padua, and was offered many governing posts, but he turned them down for a religious vocation. He was then ordained at the age of 36, and then founded a hospital for people who have incurable illness in 1522. With three others, including John Peter Caraffa who later became Pope Paul IV, Saint Cajetan made the Congregation of Clerks Regular (Theatines) at Rome on the 3rd of May, 1524. Later, he founded a bank for the poor which later became the bank of Naples. He was known for the game he made with the parishionors where he would bet prayers, rosaries or devotional candles on whether he would perform some service for them; he always did, and they always had to "pay" by saying the prayers.

Beatified on the 10th of October 1993, by Pope John Paul II

Canonized on the 12th of April 1671, by Pope Clement X

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