Deusdedit of Monte Cassino, St.

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Abbot and martyr; d. 834. He became abbot of the benedictine foundation at monte cassino in 828. After the death of Sicon (833), prince of Benevento, with whom he was on friendly terms, Deusdedit was taken captive by Sicon's son Sicard (d. 839) who wished to appropriate the property of the abbey; Deusdedit was allowed to die in prison. Many miracles are reported to have been worked at his tomb, but the exact location of his remains is not now certain, and sometimes they have been erroneously confused with those of Pope St. deusdedit i, venerated in S. Giovanni di Valle Roveto in the Diocese of Sora.

Feast: October 9.

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