Daily Martyrology for November 4

In 1584, St. Charles Borromeo, bishop of Milan. His education was paid for by revenue from a Benedictine abbey of which he was made commendatory abbot when he was twelve. His uncle Pope Pius IV made him a cardinal when he was twenty-two, appointed him administrator of the diocese of Milan, and assigned him various curial responsibilities as well. He was an extremely efficient person who also found time for music and physical exercise. He was a dynamic presence at the last session of the Council of Trent and spent the rest of his life implementing its decrees in his diocese. He was particularly energetic in promoting Christian education. He died at the age of 46.

In the sixth century, St. John Zedazneli and companions. They were missionaries who were instrumental in establishing Christianity and monasticism in Georgia.

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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.