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St. Charles Borromeo

Bishop, Confessor

November 4

Charles was born at Milan of the noble Borromeo family. Before he was twenty-three, his uncle, Pius IV, made him a member of the Sacred College of Cardinals. Soon the same Pope made him Archbishop of Milan. In this office he applied himself particularly to the task of conforming the church entrusted to him to the decrees of the Holy Council of Trent.

It was largely through his efforts that the council’s work had just been completed. When the plague was raging at Milan, he gave even the furnishings of his house to provide for the needy, and he constantly visited the dying, consoling them in a wonderful way and giving them the sacraments of the Church with his own hands. He was a most zealous fighter for the freedom of the Church, and he wrote much that is useful particularly for the instruction of bishops; a catechism for parish priests was also produced by his efforts. He died at Milan on November 3 in the forty-seventh year of his age. Famous for miracles, he was enrolled among the Saints by Paul V.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1786.

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