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St THOMAS-OF-VILLANOVA

Archbishop of Valencia.

On first joining the Augustinians, he took his vows of poverty very seriously. Helping the needy was always top priority.

When he was elected Archbishop he turned up on foot wearing a tatty old habit. He then sold off the sumptuous furnishings of his new position to raise money for hospitals.

He had a special interest in foundlings and rewarded servants who brought them to his attention, after which he kept a check on their progress.

As he was dying, he even gave away his bed to the local jail — with the provision that he'd like to borrow it until the moment he was called away.

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Article last updated on 25 February 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St THOMAS-OF-VILLANOVA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : THOMAS-OF-VILLANOVA
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Birth and Death Dates : 1488-1555
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 63

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