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The Patron Saint of Genital Disease

Now that we have entered the season of Lent, according to the Catholic calendar, it seems like an appropriate time to bring out this morbidly fascinating article on one of the strangest saints of which I have ever heard. Head of Saint Up For Auction in Ireland. Okay, so this happened months ago, and I'm a little late to the party, but it's still interesting to share.

For more surprising saints I recommend reading about; Saint Bernardino patron saint of advertising, communications, compulsive gambling,  and respiratory problems, or Saint James the Greater, patron saint of millinery (hatmaking), or Kateri patron saint of World Youth Day.


  1. Oh mercy me, I misread that and thought his name was Saint Up which sounded peculiar. As indeed it was.
    My favourite and personal Saint isn't very well known. He name is Saint Munditia and she lives in a lovely cathedral in Munich. She is the patron saint of single women.
    I must blog about her!

  2. I will look forward to reading your blog post about Saint Munditia.


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