Ovada, Italy: Hometown of St. Paul of the Cross and the Dolcetto Grape. The hometown of the founder of the Passionist religious order is a lovely town in the mountains that’s home to a specialty grape.
Bergamo, Italy: Northern Italy’s Hometown of Pope Saint John XXIII. The beloved Pope John XXIII was born in a wonderful city with cobblestone streets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cute little trains for transport up and down the mountain.
St. Agnes of Rome. Saint Agnes’ feast day is January 21st. She lived in Rome during the last major persecution of the early Church under the Emperor Diocletian who called for churches to be destroyed and their books burned. She was martyred for her faith and is a patron saint of young girls, chastity & rape survivors. Her relics are in the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls in Rome.
St. John Bosco. Born in Becchi, Italy in 1815, his father died when he was three and he grew up in great poverty, eventually becoming a farm worker. He learned to juggle to entertain other children. At 12, having left home because his older brother beat him to prevent him from learning to read, he begged a priest to educate him. He eventually became a priest himself, and working tirelessly, dedicated his life to helping poor children, educating them, and preventing them from being exploited and abused. He founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), and the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), to continue his work. By the time he died in 1888, his sanctity was well known. His feast day is January 31st. His relics reside at the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Click Here to watch a video on his life and tour the museum in Rome dedicated to him.
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