Daily Martyrology for April 12

At Rome, in 352, Pope. Julius I, a strong defender of the faith against the Arians. He built the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

At Verona, in about 371, St. Zeno, bishop. About ninety of his sermons survive. They show him fully orthodox in his theology. He was known for his austere life.

At Cuneo, in the Piedmont, in 1495, Blessed Angelo of Chivasso. After serving as a senator, he gave away his wealth and joined the Observant Franciscans. He preached among the poor and set up a system of pawn shops to protect them from moneylenders. He wrote a very popular book of moral theology cases, a copy of which Luther burned in 1520. He refused to become a bishop and spent the last two years of his life as a solitary.

In 1927, at Naples, St. Joseph Moscati. He received a medical degree in 1903 and went to work at a hospital called the Incurabili, where he organized a treatment for rabies sufferers. He developed a form of holistic medicine. He was a professor for several years before becoming director of the Incurabili. He was a daily communicant and treated the poor for free.

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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.