St. Nicola da Longobardi

February 2, Saint.


Beatification date:  September 17, 1786 by Pope Pius VI

Canonization date:  November 23, 2014 by Pope Francis


Born on January 6, 1650 in Longobardi, Cosenza, Italy as Giovanni Battista Clemente Saggio Legend says that a light shown down on the house at the moment of his birth to a poor peasant family, Giovanni was a clever boy who enjoyed study, but had to work the fields with his father instead of going to school.

He was a pious child, and would spead whole days in prayer in a local Minim church. At 20, against his family’s wishes (legend says that he was struck blind when his mother objected, and only recovered his sight when she agreed to let him follow his vocation), he became an Oblate friar of the Order of the Minims, taking the name Nicola. Miracle worker.

He died on February 2, 1709 in Rome, Italy of natural causes, after he had predicted the date and time of his death.


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