St. Raymond Nonnatus(Aug.31 )

Aug 31, 2012 by

August 31

Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Patron Saint of Children, Newborns,

Childbirth, Expectant Mothers,

Midwives, Obstetricians,

Falsely Accused Persons;

against Fever

FEAST DATES:

August 31

PATRONAGE;

against fever

babies

childbirth

children

expectant mothers

falsely accused people

infants

midwives

newborn babies

obstetricians

pregnant women
Baltoa, Dominican Republic

Extract from Raymond Nonnatus: “Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). He joined the Mercedarians under St. Peter Nolasco at Barcelona. He succeeded Peter as chief ransomer and went to Algeria to ransom slaves. He remained as hostage for several slaves when his money ran out and was sentenced to be impaled when the governor learned that he had converted several Mohammedans. He escaped the death sentence because of the ransom he would bring, but was forced to run the gauntlet. He was then tortured for continuing his evangelizing activities but was ransomed eight months later by Peter Nolasco. On his return to Barcelona in 1239, he was appointed Cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, but died at Cardona a short distance from Barcelona the next year while on the way to Rome. He was canonized in 1657. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth. Although his mother died in labor, Raymond miraculously survived the ordeal.

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The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Raymond Nonnatus, on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Trafficking of children in India after the Floods (March 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 30 – April 12, 2009.

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