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Feastday: April 14

Patron of sailors

Birth: 1190

Death: 1246

Beatified By: 1254, Rome by Pope Innocent IV

Canonized By: December 13, 1741, Rome by Pope Benedict XIV


Dominican protector of captives and sailors. Born in Astorga, Spain, he entered the Dominicans and became the chaplain and confessor of King St. Ferdinand of Castile. He preached a campaign against the Moors, and then cared for the captured Muslims. He also cared for sailors, who dubbed him Thelmo, after St. Elmo.


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