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Saint Teresa of Portugal (d. 1250)

Saint Teresa of Portugal (d. 1250)

Feast day: June 17

Saint Teresa was the daughter of the king of Portugal. She married her cousin and they lived happily, with the blessing of many children. After several years, their marriage was proclaimed invalid because the two were so closely related and did not get special permission. After this announcement, Teresa’s husband went on to marry another woman named Berengaria.

Husbandless, Teresa traveled to Portugal, where she established a Benedictine monastery. Some years later, Berengaria came to visit Teresa, seeking her assistance in settling a fight over inheritance among her children. Teresa could have treated Berengaria with disdain for marrying her husband, but instead, she kindly helped her settle the dispute peacefully.

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