St. Camillus of Lellis


St. Camillus of Lellis
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St. Camillus of Lellis was born in 1550 of a noble family. He tried twice to enter the Capuchin Order, but each time had to leave on account of a sore on his leg. He then spent his life in ministering to the sick in the hospitals of St. Giacomo degli Incurabili, and of Santo Spirito. He instituted a congregation of regular Clerics, devoted to the care of the sick. St. Philip Neri who at one time was his confessor, saw in a vision that the angels themselves inspired the Religious instituted by him with words best suited to comfort the dying. Leo XIII appointed him the celestial patron of those who are at the point of death; his name is in the Liturgy of the Dying. He died in Rome, July 14, 1614.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

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