Blessed Claudio di Portaceli

detail of an antique Italian holy card of Blessed Claudio di Portaceli by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Mercedarian friar. Commander of the house of Carcassonne, France. In 1318 he went on the road as a pilgrim to collect alms to ransom Christians held in slavery in Muslim controlled territories. His pilgrim‘s staff had a flag with the image of Our Lady of Mercy, a slave kneeling at her feet, and the words “Haec est coeli door” (“this is heaven’s door”). He travelled to north Africa in 1330 to redeem those Christians. Cardinal of Santa Pudenziana. Miracle worker.


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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Claudio di Portaceli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 February 2017. Web. 8 December 2021. <>