Peter Acotanto, Bl.

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Benedictine recluse; b. Venice, c. 1115; d. Venice, 1180 or 1187. Peter was educated in the benedictine monastery of San Giorgio in Venice as a result of a vow made by his noble parents when he was very ill. After marrying a girl from Crete, Peter went off on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, returning three years later. Finding that his wife had died, he entered San Giorgio a second time and later obtained permission to live near it as a recluse. His body is now in San Trovaso. clement viii approved his cult.

Feast: Sept. 23, Aug. 15.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Sept. 6:651655. Bibliotheca hagiographica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis (Brussels 18981901) 669091. g. zappert, Vita beati Petri Alcontati (Vienna 1839). j. stadler and f. j. helm, Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon, v. 4 (Augsburg 1875) 843844. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige (Metten 193338) 3:9394. a. mercati and a. pelzer, Dizionario ecclesiastico (Turin 195458) 204.

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