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Salvi, Lorenzo Maria, Bl.


Known in religion as Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier, Passionist priest; b. Oct. 30, 1782, Rome, Italy; d. June 12, 1856, Capranica (near Viterbo), Italy. The son of Antonio Salvi, steward to the counts of Carpegna, and Marianna Biondi, Lorenzo was raised in the faith. Salvi studied at the Jesuit Pontifical Gregorian University. After professing his vows as a Passionist (1802) and being ordained (1805), he participated in the governance of communities and the province. Salvi was a popular preacher and spiritual advisor and promoted devotion to the Infant Jesus by word and example. Dominic barbieri, who had lived with Salvi, sought the superior general's permission to send Salvi to England because of the strength of his preaching and his leadership ability within the Passionist community. Permission was denied. Following his death Salvi was enshrined at Sant'Angelo di Vetralla. Pope John Paul II beatified Salvi on Oct. 1,1989.

Feast: June 12.

Bibliography: a. lippi, Il beato Lorenzo Salvi: apostolo di Gesù bambino, 2d ed., (Torino 1989). Acta Apostolicae Sedis (1989): 1030.

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