Peter Acotanto, Bl.
PETER ACOTANTO, BL.
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.
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