Saint of the day:
Saint Domenico di Sora
Patron Saint of protector against the bite of snakes and hydrophobic dogs,
against storm and hail and against toothache and fever
Saint Domenico di Sora’s Story
St Dominic of Sora (951-1032) was born in Foligno. He became Benedictine monk and founded a number of hermitages in Central Italy. The reforming Pope John XVIII (1003-9) placed these foundations under papal protection. The last of them was at Sora (in Lazio), where he died. His relics are preserved in what is now the Basilica Minore di San Domenico Abate in Sora.
The miracles for which St Dominic was remembered included the cure of snake bites. A statue of him is draped with live snakes and taken in procession at Colcullo (in the Abruzzo) during a feast celebrated in the warm month of May.