Bl Claudio Granzotto; St Bega; Sts Donatian and Laetus and companions, Martyrs
by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
Bl Claudio GranzottoBorn in Santa Lucia del Piave near Venice, Claudio was
the youngest of nine children and was accustomed to hard work in the fields. At the age of nine he
lost his father. Six years later he was drafted into the Italian army, where he served more than
His artistic abilities, especially in sculpture, led to studies at Venice´s
Academy of Fine Arts, which awarded him a diploma with the highest marks in 1929. Even then he was
especially interested in religious art. When Claudio entered the Friars Minor four years later, his
parish priest wrote, "The Order is receiving not only an artist but a saint." Prayer, charity to the
poor and artistic work characterized his life, which was cut short by a brain tumor. He died on the
feast of the Assumption and was beatified in 1994.
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