Saint Raymond of Penafort
Confessor of the faith.
Born c.1175 near Barcelona, Spain; died on 6 January 1275 in Barcelona.
In 1195 he received the degree of Doctor of Laws and held the chair of Law at the University of Bologna.
Upon his return to Spain in 1222 he entered the Dominican Convent at Barcelona, where be taught for six years.
With Saint Peter Nolasco he established the Order of Our Lady of Ransom.
One of the scholars of his day, he became adviser to Pope Gregory IX and was employed in editing the Decretals, held as the authority on Canon Law until 1917.
From 1238 to 1240, he served as Superior of his Order.
To aid the work of converting the Saracens he opened schools in Tunis and Barcelona for instruction in Oriental languages.
Canonized in 1601.
Patron of canonists.
Emblems: a book, cloak, and key.
Feast, Roman Calendar, 23 January.
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