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ST PETER DAMIAN, BISHOP, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

20 Feb

St Peter Damian, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Peter was born at Ravenna. His brother Damian taught him literature and science after their parents died, and Peter became so proficient that he, in turn, taught them to others with great success.

Striving to lead a life of perfection

To lead a life of perfection, he entered the monastery of the monks of the Holy Cross at Font’ Avelano, which had been founded by blessed Ludolph, a disciple of St Romuald. Peter ruled and increased the order so well that he was justly considered its second founder and most outstanding figure.

Living through troubled times

Stephen IX made him a Cardinal and Bishop of Ostia in spite of Peter’s extreme reluctance. In those very troubled times he greatly helped the Popes with his learning, missions as a legate, and many other labours. He deterred King Henry IV of Germany from divorce. Famous for his holy deeds, he died at Faenza while returning as legate from Ravenna.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

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