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Bl. Angelo Scarpetti of Sansepolcro

February 15 is the memorial of Bl. Angelo de Scarpetti of Sansepolcro.

He was a religious of the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine. Born in Sansepolcro, Italy, in the first half of the thirteenth century, he entered the convent in his city of the Hermits of St. John the Good in approximately 1254. In 1256 the convent passed to the new Order of the Hermit Friars of St. Augustine.

His reputation for sanctity comes most, perhaps, from some miraculous episodes that occurred during his lifetime, including the resurrection of an innocent man who was condemned to death. Since the sixteenth century, Augustinian writers have noted his profound humility, unflinching charity, and his spotless purity of spirit and body. All of these gained him among his countrymen renown as a man acceptable to God, who God made full of supernatural gifts.

Bl. Angelo died in Sansepolcro in 1306. In 1905 the local diocese began the process for his beatification, which reached a successful conclusion in 1922.

His body is currently kept in a carved, gilt wooden casket that is decorated with scenes from his life and is kept under the main altar of the Church of Sant’Agostino in Sansepolcro.

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