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Blessed Mariano Arciero - February 16

Mariano Arciero (26 February 1707 – 16 February 1788) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest. He exercised his functions as a priest in Naples as both a pastor and theologian who was later known as …More
Mariano Arciero (26 February 1707 – 16 February 1788) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest. He exercised his functions as a priest in Naples as both a pastor and theologian who was later known as the "Apostle of Calabria" due to his tireless apostolate and efforts in evangelization.
His beatification was celebrated on 24 June 2012.

Mariano Arciero was born in Terme in 1707 to the poor Mattia Arciero and Autilia Marmora. In his childhood he fostered a strong devotion to the Mother of God whom he called "Mamma bella".
The local priest - Emanuele Parisio - took him under his personal care for educational purposes. Parisio instructed him and requested that he teach catechism to his fellow children. He later moved from his home to Naples in 1729 where he attended a Eucharistic Congregation that the Jesuit priest Francesco Pavone established; he enrolled in the congregation on 21 December 1729. It was in a Jesuit college he enrolled in that he did his philosophical studies and also studied …More