Daily Martyrology for July 7

Around 200, St. Pantaenus, who taught at the Christian school at Alexandria and was revered by St. Clement of Alexandria, who was his pupil.

In 1304, Pope Benedict XI. He was a Dominican and succeeded Boniface VIII in 1303. His one year as pope was devoted to dealing with the complex political situation he inherited from his predecessor. Benedict was not particularly effective, but he was a humble and austere friar who did his best.

In Nicaragua, in 1977, Blessed María Meneses. She was born and raised in Nicaragua, where she joined the Salesian sisters. She spent most of her life working in Costa Rica, where her primary concern was to encourage those who were wealthy to help those who had little. She founded a school, a clinic, recreation centers, food distribution centers, and even established a village to provide decent homes for the poor.

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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.