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St Pio

Saint Padre Pio or St. Pio of Pietrelcina (25th May 1887-23rd September 1968) was a capuchin priest from Italy and is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He was popularly known as Padre Pio after his ordination to the priesthood. He became famous after receiving the “stigmata”. On 16th June 2002, he was canonized a Saint by Pope Paul II. Padre Pio is the Patron Saint of confessors, Catholic Adolescents and Civil Defense Volunteers.

St Philip Howard

One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Philip was the earl of Arundel and surrey and, although a Catholic, led a religiously apathetic life until his personal conversion, after which he was a zealous Catholic in the midst of Elizabethan England. Arrested by authorities, he was placed in the Tower of London in 1585 and condemned to death in 1589. The sentence was never carried out, and Philip lanhuised in the Tower until his death at the age of thirty eight. Beatified in 1929, he was included among the English martyrs canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.