Peter of Verona, Saint

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Peter of Verona, Saint,

1206?–1252, Italian preacher, a Dominican. He traveled throughout Italy on preaching tours and was especially known for his opposition to the CathariCathari
[Gr.,=pure], name for members of the widespread dualistic religious movement of the Middle Ages. Carried from the Balkans to Western Europe, Catharism flourished in the 12th and 13th cent. as far north as England.
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. He was murdered by some of that sect and canonized the next year as a martyr. He is called St. Peter Martyr. Feast: Apr. 29.
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The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (([dagger])1252).
As he sought to inflame the brothers' penitential spirit, Caneparo held up the life of their patron saint, the Dominican martyr-inquisitor Peter of Verona, as an example.