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Feastday: January 4

Patron of Bruay, France; childhood diseases; difficult marriages; Ghent, Belgium; victims of abuse; widows

Birth: 650

Death: 740

Also called Vareide, Varelde, Veerle, and Verylde, a patron saint of Ghent. A Flemish maiden, she was compelled to marry against her will and was subsequently abused by her husband for refusing to consummate the union. She also apparently irritated her husband with her nighttime visits to churches. Pharaildis is honored as a miracle worker.

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