known as Paolo Francesco Danei, Paul Daneo, God's Hunter of Souls
19 October formerly 28 April
Profile Son of a merchant.
Pius youth. After receiving a vision, and while still a layman, he founded the
Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion (Passionists)
in 1721 to preach about Jesus Crucified. Preacher of such power that hardened
soldiers and bandits were seen to weep. At one point all the brothers in the order
deserted him, but in 1741 his rule was approved by Pope Benedict XIV, and the
community began to grow again. Priest. Missionary.
3 January 1694 at Ovada, Piedmont (northern Italy) as Paolo Francesco Danei
18 October 1775 at Rome, Italy
Beatified 1 October 1852
Canonized 29 June 1867 by Pope Pius IX
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