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Saint Abel from Ireland
The Irish Bishop of Reims in France
& Abbot in the Monastery of Lobbes in Belgium (+751)
The Odor of Sanctity
Saint Abel was born in Ireland, and was a noted churchman, accompanying St. Boniface on his missions to the European Continent. He was chosen as archbishop of Remis by Pope Saint Zachary, a nomination ratified by the Council of Soissons in 744. However, a usurper named Milo occupied the see and would not relinquish it.
Saint Abel retired to a monastery at Lobbes, and was installed as abbot. He died there in the “odor of sanctity.”
Saint Abel is one of the most well known saints in the world. He was commemorated as patron saint of the blind and lame.
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