St Benedict Labre


St Benedict Labre was born in France on the 25 March 1748. He is known for being a travelling pilgrim who went from one church to another and from shine to shrine, wearing simple clothes and living off alms. Later on he went to Rome and lived in the Colosseum and spent many hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament. He developed a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and was later known as “the poor man of the Forty Hours Devotion” and “the beggar of Rome”. Just before he died in 1783, he went to a Church and prayed there for two hours. Due to a lack of malnutrition he collapsed and died peacefully in a nearby home. St Benedict Labre was canonised by Pope Leo XIII in 1881 and is the patron saint of the homelessness.


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