Juvenal Ancina

Posted August 30, 2017 5:21 pm by Administrator

Today is the memorial of Blessed Juvenal Ancina, not much known in the wider world, but a beatified member of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, and the only one of the ‘beati’ to have known ‘Father Philip’ personally, dying a decade or so after his spiritual mentor in 1604.  Bd. Juvenal was a kind of martyr, meeting his end by being poisoned by a man disgruntled that the priest had helped a wayward nun break off their, ahem, ‘affair’.  Such was Naples in the late 1500’s, so the Church has always had issues, a hospital for sinners and all

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