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St. Peregrine 

St. Peregrine was born in Forli, Italy around 1265. As a young man he was heavily involved in the politics of the day regarding anti-papal party activism. He was so insistent on his views, that he even opposed St. Phillip Neri, striking the holy man in a moment of political fervor. This event so changed him, that he eventually left politics and changed his life by pursuing good works. He entered the Servite Order, dedicating his religious life to the service of the sick and poor of society.

He imposed many penances upon himself, one of which was to stand whenever it was not necessary for him to sit. This led to the development of varicose veins in his legs and eventually the growth of a cancerous mass. This became so painful and odorous, that the local doctor said he would have to amputate his leg. Peregrine prayed fervently before an image of Christ Crucified the night before the operation, and Our Lord appeared to him in a dream, leaving him with His Cross and touching his cancerous leg. The next morning he discovered his leg was miraculously cured of his cancer. He went to live on another 20 more years. He is the patron saint of cancer patients.

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