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Saint John of the Cross
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Saint John of the Cross by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1656
Religious founder, priest and Doctor of the Church
Born 1542
Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain
Died December 14, 1591(1591-12-14) (aged 49)
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
Feast 14 December
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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