St. Louis


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/25
Tridentine Calendar - 08/24


Patron Of: Barbers, Builders, Button Makers, Construction Workers, Death Of Children, Difficult Marriages, Embroiderers, Hairstylists, Kings, Masons, Needle Workers, Sculptors, Sick, Soldiers, Stone Masons, Tertiaries

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Son of King Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile. King of France at age eleven; his mother ruled as regent until he reached 22, and he reigned for 44 years. He made numerous judicial and legislative reforms. Promoted Christianity in France; established religious foundations, aided mendicant orders, propagated synodal decrees of the Church, built leper hospitals, and collected relics. Married Marguerite of Provence at age 19, and father of eleven. Supported Pope Innocent IV in war against Emperor Frederick II of Germany. Franciscan tertiary. Led two Crusades and died on one.
Born
25 April 1214 at Poissy, France
Died
25 August 1270 at Tunis, Algeria of natural causes; relics in the house at Saint Denis, Paris, France; destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution



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