April 3

Bl. John Saziari

1200 - 1260

Bl. John Saziari was born in the district of the city of St. Augustine Cagli to parents of humble extraction. This was a man of modest means, married, belonging to the Franciscan Third Order and drew sustenance from a small piece of land he owned, located in the area now called Cabaldello, exercising the profession of farmer.

He lived in Cagli, in the period of democratic government and the struggles between the castles to areas of contention, while leading the diocese of Cagli succeeded the bishops: Alberto Siccardi (1328-1339), Peter II (1340-1342), Guido Luzi (1342-1353) and Thomas barefoot (1353 - 1379), a Franciscan, who consecrated the church of San Francesco in 1369 .

As reported in the chronicles of the historians Bl. John Saziari, was renowned as a healer, as numerous cases in which people with fever who came to him during the raging of the plague in the city were to miraculously heal her intercession. The aura of holiness blew his death, and continues to engage in the following centuries.

The pious peasant Bl. John, won "an extraordinary example of holiness lived in the modesty of everyday life" and specifies that "a notary in Imola in 1374 officially recorded miracles. In an old document of 1441 is already being called blessed. "

Bl. John Saziari  is buried in the church of St. Francis in Cagli at the altar of the Immaculate Conception. His remains are contained in a marble urn of Mastro Antonio, the most famous sculptors of the time. He died in Cagli on 21 April 1372 with the odor of sanctity.

That the altar was demolished later in 1642 , to modernize the church hall through what is considered a more harmonious approach to the sacred temple. Since then, the mortal remains of Blessed John are kept in an urn placed over the wooden altar of the Madonna of the Snow (third altar on the right side).

Next to it surviving the commemorative inscription reads: Miraculus claret ut semper hic sanctus apparet quem Deus Deorum vocavit to Coelorum reigns. Hoc opus fecit magister Antonius de Callio ab nomine B. Hoc opus fecit magister Antonius de ab appointments Callie B. Johannis tempore guardianatus fratris Samperj de Urbino. Tempore Johannis guardianatus fratris Samperj de Urbino. MCCLXXII . From this we can therefore obtain the first information on this character: the date of death, dating back to April 21, 1372 and the fame of holiness due to a number of miraculous healings through his intercession.

The date of his birth is unknown, but by the eighteenth-century survey of the relics could be determined that at death the blessed John had about 45 years and was shorter than average.

On 7 December 1980 , by decree of the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, was recognized for the cult of Blessed John the city and the diocese of Cagli , determining that its observance on April 21 of each year was inserted as a memorial in the calendar.



O Jesus, Divine Redeemer, whom you have deigned to leave Thy throne of glory for the search of humanity lost, through the merits and the intercession of Blessed John Saziari , which, as a true son of St.  Francis of Assisi, he passed on this land of Cagli, giving an example of heroic Christian virtue and exhibitions, then, in heaven, with good broker with you, inspires in us the same ardor of faith that will enable us to complete service Your Gospel and that makes this city and diocese, even in the throes of human events, never forget to give glory to your name. Amen Amen