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Saint of the Week: St. Bede the Venerable - May 25

TheTrueEnlightment General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI, 18 February 2009 – Bede, the Venerable The Saint we are approaching today is called Bede and was born in the north-east of England, to be …More
TheTrueEnlightment General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI, 18 February 2009 – Bede, the Venerable
The Saint we are approaching today is called Bede and was born in the north-east of England, to be exact, Northumbria, in the year 672 or 673. He himself recounts that when he was seven years old his parents entrusted him to the Abbot of the neighbouring Benedictine monastery to be educated: “spending all the remaining time of my life a dweller in that monastery”. He recalls, “I wholly applied myself to the study of Scripture; and amidst the observance of the monastic Rule and the daily charge of singing in church, I always took delight in learning, or teaching, or writing” (Historia eccl. Anglorum, v, 24). In fact, Bede became one of the most outstanding erudite figures of the early Middle Ages since he was able to avail himself of many precious manuscripts which his Abbots would bring him on their return from frequent journeys to the continent and to Rome. His teaching and the fame of …More
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