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Today (2. July) is the feast day of:

Processus and Martinian (1st cent.)  A sixth-century legend tells
that Martinian and Processus were Roman prison guards who had charge
of either Peter or Paul (or both) when they were in the Mammertine
Prison.  Of course M and P were converted---and Peter baptized them
using a spring that conveniently (and miraculously) appeared in the
prison.  The two were then tortured by their superior for refusing to
sacrifice and finally killed.

Monegundis (d. 570)  Monegundis was a native of Chartres.  She
married, but when her two children died her husband allowed her to
become a recluse.  At first she was enclosed at Chartres, but later
moved to Tours to be near St. Martin's tomb.  She attracted disciples
who organized the convent of St. Pierre-le-Puellier.

Placing of the robe of the Theotokos at Blachernae (860)
Constantinople got an authentic robe of the Virgin Mary in the reign
of Emperor Leo I (457-74), which was enshrined in the church of
Blachernae.  The robe was credited with saving the city on several
occasions.  Today commemorates its success in staving off the Russian
invasion of 860; the ceremonial return of the garment to its shrine
was made an annual festival.

Otto of Bamberg (d. 1139)  Otto was a noble Swabian who took the
clerical path to preferment.  He was ordained at a young age, entered
Emperor Henry IV's service in 1090, and became chancellor of Germany
in c. 1101.  Henry appointed O bishop of Bamberg in 1103, but he
refused to accept until Paschal II approved and consecrated him.  In
1124 O. took a group of missionaries to eastern Pomerania at the king
of Poland's invitation; that and a second missionary trip won a great
many converts.  O. was canonized in 1189.

Photios of Kiev and all Russia (d. 1431)  Photios was a Greek monk,
noted for his learning, who was chosen to become metropolitan of Kiev
in 1408.  In 1410 he moved the metropolitan see to Moscow.  He was a
very active metropolitan, fighting off the Catholic threat in the
western regions of his jurisdiction and dealing with heretics.

A modern saint: Bernardino Realino (d. 1616)  Bernardino was a native
of Carpi (northern Italy).  He studied law and medicine, became town
lawyer and served as mayor before he had a vision of the Virgin Mary
in 1565 and became a Jesuit.  From 1574 BR worked in Apulia, proving
to be a charismatic preacher famous for his care of souls.  He was
canonized in 1947.

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