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"Europe's Catholic "patron saints.["who?]

The "Catholic Church venerates six "patron saints of "Europe.[1][2][3][4] The main patron saint is "Benedict of Nursia.[5] "Cyril and Methodius, "Bridget of Sweden, "Catherine of Siena and "Teresa Benedicta of the Cross are co-patrons.[6]

"Saint Hedwig of Poland could be somewhat indirectly considered a patron saint of parts of Europe. In 1997, Polish-born "Pope John Paul II canonised "Poland's 14th-century "queen regnant Jadwiga as Saint Hedwig, the patron saint of queens and of "European unification. From the time of her death, Jadwiga was venerated in Poland as a saint, having been buried in the "Wawel Cathedral. She has been considered a model of piety, constancy and faithfulness. Numerous stories and legends were told of her charity and devotion to God.[7]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.isidor.se/ccreurope/en-gb/patrons.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2012/07/25/why-edith-stein-makes-an-excellent-choice-for-patron-saint-of-europe/
  4. ^ http://www.catholicireland.net/patrons-of-europe/
  5. ^ http://montecassinoabbey.org/?p=4039
  6. ^ http://www.isidor.se/ccreurope/en-gb/patrons.aspx
  7. ^ "talismancoins.com". talismancoins.com. 1 September 1939. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
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