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Saint Peregrine Medal
Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers
2.8cm x 1.6cm
Peregrine Laziosi was born of a wealthy family at Forli, Italy, in 1260. As a youth he was active in politics as a member of a warring faction. During one uprising, the Pope sent St. Philip Benizi to mediate, Philip was struck in the face by Peregrine. When Philip offered the other cheek, Peregrine was so overcome that he repented, forgot about his military career and became a priest. He then received a vision from the Virgin Mary who ordered him to go to Siena where he gained a reputation for fervent preaching and being a good confessor. When he was afflicted with cancer of the foot and amputation had been decided upon, he spent the night before the operation, in prayer. The following morning he was completely cured. He died in 1345 at the age of eighty-five, and he was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. He is the patron of cancer patients.