St. Paul of the Cross


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/19
Tridentine Calendar - 04/28


Also known as
    Paolo Francesco Danei
    Paul Daneo
    God's Hunter of Souls

Memorial
    19 October
    formerly 28 April

Profile
    Son of a merchant. Pius youth. After receiving a vision, and while still a layman, he founded the Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion (Passionists) in 1721 to preach about Jesus Crucified. Preacher of such power that hardened soldiers and bandits were seen to weep. At one point all the brothers in the order deserted him, but in 1741 his rule was approved by Pope Benedict XIV, and the community began to grow again. Priest. Missionary.

Born
    3 January 1694 at Ovada, Piedmont (northern Italy) as Paolo Francesco Danei

Died
    18 October 1775 at Rome, Italy

Beatified
    1 October 1852

Canonized
    29 June 1867 by Pope Pius IX



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