Santoral today: the list of saints to celebrate this Monday, November 14

Good deeds, deadly sacrifices and even unexplained events brought about by an apparent divinity, are the reasons why different individuals were beatified and canonized by the Vatican to carry the saint’s name with him.

Every daymarked on the calendar, commemorates the life and death of these beings, men and women, who dedicated their existence to the Catholic Church itself that earned them the appointment.

This is the saint of Monday November 14.

Celebration of the day: San José Pignatelli

He was born in Zaragoza, on December 27, 1737. His father D. Antonio, from the family of the Dukes of Monteleón and his mother Doña María Francisca Moncayo Fernández de Heredia y Blanes. He was the seventh of nine siblings. He spends his childhood in Naples and her sister Maria Francisca is, at the same time as a sister, a mother, since she lost hers when José was four years old.

It is formed between Zaragoza, Tarragona, Calatayud and Manresa, first in the Jesuit college and then doing the novitiate, studying philosophy and pursuing humanities. He resides in Zaragoza, exercising the priestly ministry between teaching and visiting the poor and imprisoned, all the time until the Jesuits are expelled by decree of Carlos III, in 1767.

Civitacecchia, Corsica, Genoa, the twenty-four years spent in Bologna (1773-1797) testify to the man who stepped on them, knowing how to adopt attitudes of human stature with men and of supernatural trust with God.

The Order of Saint Ignatius was abolished in 1773, its members sentenced to exile and their property confiscated. The last General, Lorenzo Ricci, spends his life in the prison of Castel Sant’Angelo. Only Jesuits with recognition in Prussia and Russia remain. There, both Federico and Catalina have endured the external maneuvers and have not published the papal edicts, although Federico’s resistance will not last beyond the year 1776. The Russian Company remains as the last redoubt with a verbal acknowledgment first by Pope Pius VI and later official with a document from Pope Pius VII. José de Pignatelli understands that the legal restoration of the Society of Jesus must go through adherence to the Society of Russia. He renews his religious profession in his private chapel in Bologna.

He will not see the day when Pope Pius VII once again restores the Society of Jesus throughout the Church, on August 7, 1814, but he will prepare the ground well for this to be possible in Rome, in Naples, in Sicily. He will train new candidates, reorganize the scattered former Spanish and Italian Jesuits and look for new vocations who will necessarily join, like himself, the Russian Company. He will carry out this task while he is advisor to the Duke of Parma, Don Fernando de Borbón, grandson of Philip V, and as Provincial of Italy by appointment of the Vicar General of White Russia.

In this colossal effort, he died in Rome on November 15, 1811, in the alfoz of the Colosseum.

The Aragonese saint was convinced that, if the restoration of his Order was God’s thing, he had to go through the path of tribulation, failure, humiliation, the cross, of the interior life that is not presupposed without humility , without confidence.

Along with this character there other saints and martyrs which are also celebrated this Monday, November 14, such as the following:

Saint Adeltrudis

Saint Alberic

Saint Andronicus

Saint Antige

St. Dubritius of Bardsey

Saint Stephen Theodore Cuénot

Saint Hypatius of Gangres

San Jocundo

Saint John of Trau

San Lorenzo O’Toole

Saint Rufus of Avignon

Saint Serapion

Saint Siardo of Mariëngaarde

Saint Theodotus of Heracleia

Santa Trahamunda of Pontevedra

Saint Venerable of Troyes

Saint Viton

Blessed John of Licio

Blessed John of Tufaria

Consult the biographies of each of these characters clicking here.


Merchant during the canonization of Pope John Paul II. (Reuters)

The Catholic and Orthodox Church uses canonization to declare as a saint a deceased person who during his life made sacrifices or was related to a divine event in favor of the church.

This involves including the person’s name in the canon (list of recognized saints) and the permission of the Catholic Church to venerate her is granted, recognizing her power before God.

During Christianity, people were recognized as saints without the need for a formal process; however, this changed in the Middle Ages. In the case of Catholicism, the Church must make an exhaustive investigation of the life of the person to sanctify.

For the Catholic Church there are four ways to achieve the appointment: the path of heroic virtues; the path of martyrdom; that of exceptional causes, confirmed by an ancient cult and written sources; and that of the offering of life.

In addition, it is considered if the person lived the Christian virtues to a heroic degree or if he suffered martyrdom because of his faith, likewise, it is an indispensable requirement that he has performed at least two miracles (or one in the case of being a martyr).

Catholicism in the world

Beatification of Carlo Acutis, a young Italian renowned for documenting Eucharistic miracles around the world and cataloging them on a website he created before his death from leukemia. (IPA/SIPAUSA).

Catholicism is one of the most widely practiced religions in the world. The most recent data from the Vatican -particularly from its Ecclesial Statistical Yearbook- indicate that there are more than 1.36 billion Catholics in the world.

The American continent is where most Catholics prevail, with almost half of those registered by the Vatican, with more than a quarter located in South America.

In recent years, the Vatican has reported that the presence of Catholics has increased significantly on two continents: Asia -particularly the Middle East- and Africa.

In contrast, the religious in Europe have been declining, while in Oceania they have remained stable.




Santoral today: the list of saints to celebrate this Monday, November 14