The saint with a curious story…

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St. Philomena is a rather interesting saint.  She is (purported to have been) a 4th Century virgin martyr whose body was discovered in 1802 in the Catacombs of Priscilla.  A number of miracles were credited to her intercession, and the Cure d’Ars attributed her intercession to the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself.  What we know of St Philomena comes primarily through private revelation, with some controversy as to her reported life.  In 1961, the Vatican ordered her feast be expunged from the liturgical calendar (her feast had always been rather limited, although many 19th Century saints were devoted to her).  Devotion to her, however, spread rapidly, and the Archconfraternity in her honor still persists to this day (and they have some rather appropriate aims, especially for our times and society!).  She is the patron of infants, babies, and the youth.

St. Philomena, pray for us!

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