IN TODAY’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND MARTYRS A PATRON SAINT OF GAMBLERS
Written by Jennifer Snow on 08/07/2017
Winchester, VA – Saint Cajetan was born Gaetano Conti di Thiene, in 1480. He became both a civil and canon lawyer at 24 and worked in the court of Pope Julius II. He was ordained in 1516, and later opened hospitals for incurables in Vicenza and Venice. He was derided for joining an order comprised of men from the lowest rungs of the social ladder. Father Cajetan decided the Church clergy lacked zeal and set out to revitalize them, beginning a religious order called the Theatines. A priest with a soft spot for the poor, Fr. Cajetan founded a monte de pieta, a “mountain or fund of piety,” which lent money to the poor on the security of pawned objects, thereby protecting the poor from usurers. He died in 1547. St. Cajetan, pray for us!
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