Blessed Alfredo Cremonesi

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The oldest of seven children born to the grocer Enrico Cremonesi and Maria Rosa Scartabellati; he was baptized at the age of one day. Alfredo was a sickly boy, and his health basically collapsed at one point; he attributed his recovery to the intercession of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Known as a gifted writer and poet. Feeling the call to missionary work, he joined the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on 17 September 1922. Ordained to the priesthood in October 1924. Missionary to Burma (modern Myanmar), leaving Italy for good on 16 October 1925 to work with the Karen people in mountain villages. Prisoner of the Japanese occupation forces during World War II. Father Cremonesi fostered a great devotion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and to the Sacred Heart, and he spent an hour in Eucharistic Adoration each night. When Burma became independent in 1948, most missionaries left the country to avoid the civil war that followed. Father Alfredo stayed in one of the villages and was executed by government forces. Martyr.





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