Tuesday, 14 November 2017

# Saints

Saint Giovanni Liccio

Painting from 1787 - Francesco Manno.

The 14th of November is the feast day of Saint Giovanni Liccio, he is also known as John Licci. He is the patron saint of Caccamo and against head injuries.

Saint Giovanni Liccio lived between 1400 till 1511 and was born to a poor peasant farmer near Palermo, Sicily. His mother died during childbirth, and his father had no choice but to leave the child alone at home while he worked in the fields. A neighbour heard the cries of the baby and brought him home to care for him. Her husband was paralysed, but when she brought the child next to her husband while he was on the bed, he was miraculously cured. Giovanni's father brought the baby back home, but the neighbour's husband paralyses returned. Giovanni's father thought this was a sign from God that He wanted the neighbour to take care for his son. Giovanni would work many miracles throughout his life. In 1415, he joined the Dominican Order and was a friar for 96 years which was the longest period known for any religious to wear the habit. During his life, he would miraculously multiply building materials used for a convent he founded, miraculously fed a poor widow and her six children, raised a dead boy to life, and cure three people whose heads were crushed in accidents. He is the longest living saint,  dying at the age of 111.

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