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Saint of the Day: Bartolo Longo

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Blessed Bartolo Maria Longo

Feast Day: October 5

This apostle of the rosary had flirted with Satanism in a sect in Naples, Italy, but through a friend came back to the Catholic faith as a Third-Order

Blessed Bartolo Longo (Wikimedia Commons)

Dominican.

He practiced the law and made a vow of chastity.

However, he became friends with a countess whose children he tutored, began to administer her properties, and married her in 1885 on the advice of Pope Leo XIII.

In the 1870s, Bartolo had a mystical experience in which Mary asked him to promote devotion to the rosary.

He published religious tracts, founded a women’s religious order, advocated on behalf of prisoners, and built a popular shrine in Pompeii to Our Lady of the Rosary.

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