Alphonsus Maria Liguori was born September 27, 1696 in Marianella, near Naples, Italy. He was ordained a priest in 1726. Alphonsus would spend the next several years attending to the spiritual needs of the lazzaroni, the beggars and street people of Naples. In 1732, he established the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the "Redemptorists," whose mission would be to follow the example of Jesus by preaching the Gospel to the poor. He was canonized in 1839. In March 1871, Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church.
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