John of Avila to be 34th Doctor of the Church

John of Avila to be 34th Doctor of the Church

During WYD2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the patron of Spanish diocesan clergy will be named the 34th doctor of the Church. St. John of Avila -- not to be confused with St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila's partner in reforming the Carmelites -- is known as the Apostle of Andalusia.

He was declared patron of the Spanish secular clergy in 1946 by Pius XII; he was canonized by Paul VI in 1970. Find out more about his life in Xt3's WYD Patron Saint podcast!


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