Claret y Clara, Antonio Maria, Venerable
Prelate and missionary, born SalIent, Spain; died Fontfroide, Narbonne, France.
He engaged in missionary work in Catalonia and the Canary Islands.
Returning in 1849 to Vich, where he had been ordained, he established the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and founded the great religious library at Barcelona.
In 1851 he was made Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, but in 1857 was recalled to Spain, where he was confessor to Isabella II and for nine years rector of the Escorial monastery.
By his writings he contributed to the revival of the Catalan language.
Pope Leo XIII declared him venerable in 1899.
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