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Feastday: July 4
Birth: 1369
Death: 1387

Cardinal and bishop. Peter was the son of Guy of Luxembourg, count of Ligny, in Lorraine, but was orphaned at the age of four. Taken to Paris, he became a canon at Notre Dame, Chartres, and Cambrai and was appointed arch.. deacon of Dreux. For a time he was held by the English as a hostage at Calais for his brother, and then, in 1384, he was named bishop of Metz at the age of fourteen. Two years later, he became a cardinal by decree of the antipope Clement VII. Owing to the political strife which attended the schism, Peter needed armed troops to take possession of his see against the followers of Pope Urban VI. Despite the reforms he introduced to the diocese, he was driven from Metz and joined Clement at Avignon. He died at the age of eighteen at the Carthusian monastery at Villeneuve, France. Peter was well known for his austerity and holiness.


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