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Saint John of God (Spanish: Juan de Dios; Portuguese: João de Deus) (March 8, 1495 - March 8, 1550) was a Portuguese-born friar and saint, who has become one of Spain's leading religious figures. Image File history File links Gloriole. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... 1495 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... Events February 7 - Julius III becomes Pope. ... A friar is a member of a religious mendicant order of men. ... In traditional Christian iconography, Saints are usually depicted as having halos. ...


João Cidade was born in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, into a family that was poor but very devout. His mother died when he was still very young, and his father joined a monastic order. Coat of Arms Montemor-o-Novo is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 1233. ...


As a young man, John worked as a shepherd for a farmer, who was very pleased with him. John had an offer to marry the farmer's daughter and become heir to the property; but he refused because he wanted to pursue a spiritual life.


He moved to Spain, where he served as a soldier under Emperor Charles V and fought in a small number of battles. After this, he worked disseminating religious books, using the recent innovation of Gutenburg to provide people with religious tracts. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. ... There are several municipalities and communities that have the name Gutenburg: in Germany Gutenburg, Germany was the place of major cultural and political figures. ...


He experienced a major spiritual conversion on Saint Sebastian's day, 20 January, while listening to a sermon by Saint John of Avila, the man who was later to become his spiritual mentor and would encourage him in his quest to improve the life of the poor. He went temporarily into what appeared to be a state of madness and was thrown into the madhouse, where he recovered and realised that the poor and needy deserved better treatment than he had received. He then devoted the rest of his life to caring for the sick and the poor. In general, conversion is the transformation of one thing into another. ... For other uses, see Sebastian (disambiguation). ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... John of Avila (or Apostle of Andalusia) (1500 - 1569) was a Spanish mystic and saint. ...


Settling in Granada, he spent all his energies caring for the neediest of the city. Slowly he drew a dedicated circle of disciples, who felt called to join him in this service. He organized his followers into the Order of Hospitallers, now better known as the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, which cares for the sick in countries around the world. One mark of honor to his labors is that this order has been officially entrusted with the medical care of the pope. Granada (Arabic: غرناطة) is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous region of Andalusia, Spain. ... The Brothers Hospitallers of St. ... The current Pope is Benedict XVI (born Joseph Alois Ratzinger), who was elected at the age of 78 on 19 April 2005. ...


He died on March 8, 1550, his 55th birthday. He was canonized by Pope Alexander VIII in 1690, and was later named the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters and booksellers. . ... Canonization is the process of declaring someone a saint and involves proving that a candidate has lived in such a way that he or she qualifies for this. ... Alexander VIII, né Pietro Vitto Ottoboni (April 22, 1610 - February 1, 1691), pope from 1689 to 1691, was born of a noble Venetian family, was created cardinal, and then successively bishop of Brescia and datary. ... In several forms of the church of Christianity, but especially in Roman Catholicism, a patron saint has special affinity for a trade or group. ...


External links

John of God The Catholic Encyclopedia, also referred to today as the Old Catholic Encyclopedia, is an English-language encyclopedia published in 1913 by The Encyclopedia Press. ... Image File history File links Disambig_gray. ...


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John of God - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (469 words)
Saint John of God (Spanish: Juan de Dios; Portuguese: João de Deus) (March 8, 1495 - March 8, 1550) was a Portuguese-born friar and saint, who has become one of Spain's leading religious figures.
John had an offer to marry the farmer's daughter and become heir to the property; but he refused because he wanted to pursue a spiritual life.
He experienced a major spiritual conversion on Saint Sebastian's day, 20 January, while listening to a sermon by Saint John of Avila, the man who was later to become his spiritual mentor and would encourage him in his quest to improve the life of the poor.
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