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The Second Apostle of Rome, St. Philip Neri
Saint Philip Neri was born on July 21, 1515, in Florence, Italy. He was only 4 years old when his mother tragically died.
He was sent away at 18 years old to become an apprentice under a distant relative. He eventually departed for Rome, knowing God was calling him there.
The future saint brought hardly anything with him, relying completely on God’s Providence to provide for his needs. Once he arrived in Rome, he worked as a tutor. He lived a solitary, prayerful life in a small attic space and practiced self-denial by eating very small meals. …