In England, about 656, St. Ithamar of Rochester, the first Anglo-Saxon to be consecrated a bishop.
In Rome, in 1386, Blessed Bonaventure Baduario, cardinal. From a leading family of Padua, he became an Augustinian friar, and eventually the head of his order. He was a professor at the university of Paris and a friend of Petrarch. After he became a cardinal, his support of the pope put him at odds with a relative who was the ruler of Padua. Bonaventure was assassinated by an arrow, perhaps at the instigation of his princely relative.
In Belgium, in 1924, Blessed Edward Poppe. He entered the seminary as a young man. While doing his obligatory military service, he discovered St. Thérèse’s Story of a Soul. He was ordained in 1916 and ministered successfully in a working-class parish in Ghent. He had the first of a series of heart attacks in 1919, before he was thirty. He spent his last five years as an invalid. During this time he wrote many letters, articles and religious pamphlets that had a profound influence on the people of Flanders.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.