Wednesday, May 26, 2004

On the Feast of St. Philip Neri (Co-Patron of Rome)

As is our custom, we visited the rooms of St. Philip at the Chiesa Nuova and were pleased to see a stream of pilgrims, lay and clerical, paying their respects to the great saint so beloved of Ven. John Henry Newman. St Philip was canonized along with St Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St Teresa of Avila and St. Isidore the Farmer. The Romans at the time said that on that day the Pope canonized four Spaniards and a Saint.

Newman composed several verses about St. Philip, amongst them being St. Philip in his Mission.

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