Patron of cancer patients, AIDS patients; Invoked against illness.
Born of a wealthy family in the 1200's, he became a political activist. He was anti-papal Guelphs and in favor of the Imperials. When a papal legate came to town, Peregrine punched him in the nose. The man turned the other cheek. Peregrine was overcome by this gesture. He ended up joining the servite order. In penance for his past, he did not sit down for 30 years. He had a reputation of being a good confessor and great preacher. Later in his life he developed foot cancer. The night before they were to amputate his foot, he prayed that Christ would come down off the cross and heal his foot.
"Oh Holy San Peregrin, you endured painful cancer in your leg with such patience, fortitude and faith that you were cured by the touch of HIS divine hand. I humbly ask of you to intercede for me at The Thrown of Divine Mercy, bringing me peace and healing in my hour of need. My gratitude will be always yours."
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