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lawrenceLawrence was born in 1559 at Brindisi Italy.  He joined the Capuchins in Verona.  A talented theologian and gifted linguist, he travelled around Europe and became particularly associated with missions to the Jews and Protestants.  In 1601 he led the imperial army during the capture of Szekesfehervar Hungary from the Turks, holding only a crucifix.  Having served as Minister General of the Capuchins, he died in Lisbon on 22 July 1619, his sixtieth birthday.  John XXIII declared him a Doctor of the Church in 1959. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2838

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