20160523 St. Leopold Mandic
Relics of St. Leopold Mandic and St. Pio of Pietrelcina arrived in Rome in February for the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
St. Leopold Mandic was born on May 12, 1866, in Castelnuovo, Croatia, the 12th child in the family. His baptismal name was Deodatus, which means “God-given.” He was poor in health and small in stature (he stood only four feet five inches tall as an adult), yet he had tremendous spiritual strength.
When he was 8, one of his sisters scolded him for a slight fault and led him to the pastor of the parish, who made him