Pacificus of San Severino

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Pacificus of San Severino
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Born (1653-03-01)1 March 1653
San Severino, Macerata, Papal States
Died 24 September 1721(1721-09-24) (aged 68)
San Severino, Macerata, Papal States
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 4 August 1786, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Pius VI
Canonized 26 May 1839, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Gregory XVI
Feast 24 September
Attributes Franciscan habit

Saint Pacificus of San Severino (1 March 1653 – 24 September 1721), born Carlo Antonio Divini, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest known for being a miracle-worker.

He was beatified on 4 August 1786 while being canonized as a saint in 1839.


Pacificus of San Severino was born at San Severino as the son of Antonio Maria Divini and Mariangela Bruni. His parents died soon after his Confirmation when he was aged three. He suffered hardships until December 1670 when he took the Franciscan habit in the Order of the Reformati at Forano in the March of Ancona.

Pacificus was ordained to the priesthood on 4 June 1678 while becoming Lector (or professor) of philosophical studies from 1680 to 1683 for the newer members of the order. Following this tenure he worked as a part of the missions for people until suffering lameness and deafness in addition to blindness for almost three decades. He was unable to participate in missions and then cultivated the contemplative life. He was said to have "borne his ills with angelic patience, worked several miracles, and was favoured by God with ecstasies".

Though he was a constant sufferer from 1692 to 1693 he held the post of Guardian in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Severino where he later died.


The sanctification process commenced in 1740 - under Pope Benedict XIV - in a move that accorded him the title of Servant of God as the first official stage in the process. Pope Pius VI beatified him on 4 August 1786 while Pope Gregory XVI canonized him on 26 May 1839. His feast is celebrated on 24 September.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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