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St. Crispin of Viterbo

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Feastday: May 23
Birth: 1668
Death: 1750
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II
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Franciscan lay brother, noted for miracles, prophecies, and holiness. Born Peter Fioretti, in Viterbo, Italy, on November 13, 1668, he studied at the Jesuit College, and became a shoemaker. At twenty-five he entered the Franciscan Capuchins and took the name Crispin. He served as a gardener and as a cook. He called himself "the little beast of burden of the Capuchins." During an epidemic, Crispin effected many miraculous cures. He was also venerated for his prophecies and spiritual wisdom. Crispin died I Rome on May 19. He was beautified in 1806 and canonized in 1982.

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