Blessed Guglielmo of Florence

detail of an antique Italian holy card by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Guglielmo da Firenze
  • Guglielmo Novelli
  • Guglielmo Fiorentino
  • William…

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Born to the nobility, the family of the counts of Gueda. Mercedarian friar. Served as the Master General of the Mercedarians. He helped broker peace between forces loyal to the Guelphs and Ghibellines, and was so successful that Pope Alexander IV granted privileges to the Order in gratitude. Guglielmo was the friar who found Blessed Peter Armengol hanged in a tree and being saved by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Assigned to redeem Christians enslaved by Muslims in north Africa, he was imprisoned and, when he refused to renounce his faith, murdered. Martyr.

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  • “Blessed Guglielmo of Florence“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2020. Web. 20 October 2020. <>