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St. Joseph of Leonissa

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Feastday: February 4
Birth: 1556
Death: 1612
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Capuchin Franciscan who served as a missionary to Christian galley slaves in Constantinople. Born in Leonissa, Italy, he became a Capuchin at age eighteen. In 1587 he started his mission and was arrested, released, and then imprisoned and tortured by the Turks. Eventually set free, he returned to Italy and died there of cancer.

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