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Angelus of Jerusalem : biography

1185 - 1222

Saint Angelus () (1185–1220), a saint and martyr from the Holy Land, was born in Jerusalem to a Jewish family. His mother, however, converted to Christianity, and Angelus, along with his twin brother, John, was baptised when she converted.

His parents died while he was young, and he and his twin brother entered the Carmelite Order at the age of eighteen. They already spoke Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.

Around his twenty-sixth year, Angelus was ordained in Jerusalem, and he traveled through Palestine. Various miraculous cures were attributed to him. His acta states that he sought to avoid fame, and when he was becoming known for his miracles, he withdrew from society to a hermitage. He remained a hermit on Mount Carmel until he was instructedSome Catholic sources say that he received a vision from God to leave for Italy. to leave for Italy to preach against Albigensians, Bulgars, and patarini.

He went to Sicily, and his fame as a miracle-worker caused crowds to come to him.

He wanted to convert a Cathar knight named Berenger (Berengarius). Catholic tradition states that Berenger was living in incest and that Angelus convinced the knight's companion to leave Berenger. Berenger became enraged and killed or had him killed in front of the Church of SS. Filippo e Giacomo in Licata. He died of his wounds four days after the attack, and according to Catholic tradition, asked for his assassin to be pardoned. He was buried at SS. Filippo e Giacomo.


His sepulcher at Licata became a site of pilgrimage. The Carmelites venerated him as a saint from at least 1456 and the cult was approved by Pope Pius II. His relics were translated to a new church in Licata, S. Maria del Carmine; the ending of a plague in the Kingdom of Naples in 1656 was attributed to his intercession.

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