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Leopold Mandić

Catholic priest

Died when: 76 years 49 days (913 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Leopold Mandić

Leopold Mandić, O.F.M.Cap. (also known as Leopold of Castelnuovo; 12 May 1866 – 30 July 1942), was a Croatian Capuchin friar and Catholic priest, who suffered from disabilities that would plague his speech and stature.

He developed tremendous spiritual strength in spite of his disabilities and became extremely popular in his ministry as a confessor, often spending 12–15 hours in the confessional.

Although Mandić wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe, he spent almost all his adult life in Italy, living in Padua from 1906 until his death.

He also spent one year in an Italian prison during World War I, since he would not renounce his Croatian nationality.

He also dreamed unceasingly about reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox churches and going to the Orient.He became known as an Apostle of Confession and an Apostle of Unity.

He made a famous prayer that is the forerunner of today's ecumenism.

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