John of the Cross facts for kids
|Saint John of the Cross|
Saint John of the Cross by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1656
|Religious founder, priest and Doctor of the Church|
Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain
|Died||December 14, 1591
Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church; Anglican Communion; Lutheran Church|
|Beatified||25 January 1675 by Pope Clement X|
|Canonized||27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII|
|Major shrine||Tomb of Saint John of the Cross, Segovia, Spain|
24 November (General Roman Calendar, 1738–1969)
|Patronage||Contemplative life; contemplatives; mystical theology; mystics; Spanish poets|
John of the Cross (1542 – 14 December 1591) was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest, who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.
John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the peak of mystical Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.
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El Greco's landscape of Toledo depicts the priory in which John was held captive, just below the old Muslim alcázar and perched on the banks of the Tajo on high cliffs
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