St. Anselm was born at Aoust, in Piedmont, of noble parents. He embraced the religious life, became an abbot, and succeeded Blessed Lanfranc as Archbishop of Canterbury. Banished by William Rufus, he found at Rome under Urban II a warm welcome; he assisted the Pope in combating the errors of the Greeks at the Council of Barl. Full of Faith he said, “God loves nothing better in this world that the liberty of His Church.” Pope Leo XIII on his deathbed composed some verses in honor of St. Anselm and caused them to be sent at once to the great basilica adjoining the university college of the Benedictine Order, which had been built under this Pontiff.
(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)