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Blessed Baptist Spagnoli

17 April 2016

Priest (Optional Memory)

Baptist Spagnoli was born at Mantua, Italy, on April 17 1447, and entered the Carmelite Congregation of Mantua as a young man at Ferrara. He was professed in 1464, and thereafter filled a number of offices. Having been Vicar General of his Congregation six times, he was elected Prior General of the whole Order in 1513. He died at Mantua on March 20 1516. His virtue was outstanding, in particular his love for the Church, and he spared no effort in the cause of reform. He is reckoned one of the best poets of his age.