Nicholas Tavelik and companions


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Martyrs (1391).

These four Franciscan Friars, after preaching the Gospel against Patarnies and Bogomils in Bosnia, went to preach in Jerusalem, then ruled by Islam. On 14 November 1391 all four were killed by burning after they had publicly preached the Christian faith and had constantly confessed that Christ was truly the Son of God. Nicholas Tavelic, who came from Sibernik (Dalmatia), was the first Croat saint; the four were canonized together by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as the first canonized martyrs of the Custody of the Holy Land. Feast: 14 November.

A. Crnica, B. Nicholaus Tavelic thaumaturgus croaticus (1965); B.L.S., xi. 116; Bibl. SS., vi. 1050–1 (s.v. Giovanni da Cetina)

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