Daily Martyrology for February 7

At Lucca, in 720, St. Richard. Richard was from Wessex, and was the father of Saints Willibald, Winnibald, and Walburga, Benedictine Anglo-Saxon missionaries in Germany and superiors of the monastery at Heidenheim.

In 1856, at Paris, blessed Rosalie Rendu. Her parents sheltered underground priests during the French Revolution, one of whom gave her first communion. She entered the Daughters of Charity and was sent to Paris, where she was a very influential force in caring for the poor.

In 1878, Blessed Pius IX, a long-reigning and controversial pope, whose personal magnetism did much to restore the prestige of the papacy. He called the First Vatican Council, whose decrees dealt with the relation of faith and reason and papal infallibility.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.