Daily Martyrology for November 10

In 461, at Rome, St. Leo the Great. He served as an advisor and ambassador for several popes. He was very energetic and big-hearted. He crystallized the belief that the bishop of Rome is heir of Peter with authority from Christ over the universal church. His Tome to Flavian, bishop of Constantinople, was read and approved at the Council of Chalcedon. He did not approve of the council's decision to make Constantinople a patriarchate. In 452 he convinced Attila the Hun to spare Rome, and helped those victimized when Gaiseric the Vandal looted Rome in 455. His letters and sermons are very clear and well-written. He was declared a doctor of the church in 1754.

In 627, at Canterbury, St. Justus. He accompanied St. Augustine (May 27) to England, and became bishop of Rochester, and then of Canterbury.

In 1608, at Naples, St. Andrew Avellino. He was a parish priest and canon lawyer when joined the Theatines. He founded a house of his order in Milan, where he became a close friend of Cardinal Borromeo (November 4) and a firm promoter of the reform program of the Council of Trent.

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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.