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Artemides Zatti will be proclaimed a Saint: message from the Rector Major ANS One of three sons born to Albino Vecchi and Luigi Zatti. His was a poor family, and the boy had to drop out of school…More
Artemides Zatti will be proclaimed a Saint: message from the Rector Major ANS
One of three sons born to Albino Vecchi and Luigi Zatti. His was a poor family, and the boy had to drop out of school at age nine to work for a wealthy neighbor. The family eventually immigrated to Bahia Blanca, Argentina to find work, arriving in Buenos Aires on 9 February 1897. There Artemide worked in a tile factory, and attended a local parochial school run by the Salesians. He felt drawn to the Salesians, and at age 20 entered their seminary, Casa di Bernal.
Artemide contracted tuberculosis while caring for a young Salesian priest with the disease, a man who died from it in 1902. He was sent to San Josè Hospital for what little treatment there was in that day, but with little hope. With his friend and unofficial doctor, Father Evarisio Garrone, Artemide prayed for the intervention of Our Lady, Help of Christians, offering to dedicate his life to the care of the sick; the young Salesian was miraculously and completely healed.
He kept his promise. He worked in the San Jose pharmacy, and learned about hospital management from Father Garrone. Upon his mentor’s death, Artemide took charge of the hospital, and what time he could spare from his administrative duty was spent caring for patients. Today the hospital is named in his honour.
Born
12 October 1880 at Boretto, Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy
Died
15 March 1951 of cancer at Bahia Blanca, Argentina
relics interred in the Salesian chapel at Viedma, Argentina
Venerated
7 July 1997 by Pope John Paul II (decree of heroic virtue)
Beatified
14 April 2002 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized
on 9 April 2022 Pope Francis promulgated a decree of a miracle received through the intercession of Blessed Artemide
the canonization miracle involved the 24 August 2016 healing of a man in Tanauan Batangas, Lipa, Philippines who had suffered a “right cerebellar ischemic stroke, complicated by massive hemorrhagic lesion”, and was in such bad shape that medical authorities sent him home so he could die with family