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St. Peter Gonzalez

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Feastday: April 14
Patron: of sailors
Birth: 1190
Death: 1246
Beatified: 1254, Rome by Pope Innocent IV
Canonized: December 13, 1741, Rome by Pope Benedict XIV

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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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