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What is St. Benedict the patron saint of?

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Saint Benedict is the patron saint of school children, Europe, kidney disease and poisoning. Saint Benedict's Saint Day is July 11.

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Saint Benedict began his adult life as a hermit, trying to escape the horrors of war. He lived in a cave for 3 years and during that time, he came across a group of monks who chose him to be their leader. He built a monastery called Monte Cassino and it was in this monastery that he led the monks and others in a strict lifestyle of prayer and charity work. St. Benedict's teachings are still followed by the Catholic Church, as of 2015.

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