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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Francis Caracciolo (1563–1608)

Patron saint of Naples, Italy, and the Association of Italian Cooks


Feast day: June 4

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Saint Francis de Sales (1567–1622)

Patron saint of writers, Catholic publishers, and the hearing-impaired


Feast day: January 24

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Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1181–1226)

Patron saint of animals, ecology, and the environment


Feast day: October 4

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Saint Francis of Paola (1416–1507)

Patron saint of sailors and against fire and plague


Feast day: April 2

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Saint Francis Solano (1549–1610)

Patron of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru


Feast day: July 17

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Saint Francis Xavier (1506–1552)

Patron saint of missionaries


Feast day: December 3

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Saint Frumentius (died c. 380)

Patron saint of Ethiopia, and also of St. Frumentius Theological College, the Anglican seminary in Ethiopia


Feast days: July 20 (Catholic Church); November 30 (Eastern Orthodox Church); December 18 (Coptic Orthodox Church)

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Saint Fulgence of Ruspe (c. 465–533)


Feast day: January 1

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Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838–1862)

Patron of youth


Feast day: February 27

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Saint Galdinus (d. 1176)

Patron of the Archdiocese of Milan and of those in debt


Feast day: April 18

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Saint Gall (550–646)

Patron of birds


Feast day: July 1

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Saint Genevieve (d. 500)

Patron saint against plague and disasters; also of Paris and the Women’s Army Corps


Feast day: January 3

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