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In images: Get to know the Fourteen Holy Helpers

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Here's your spiritual "Avengers" or "Justice League," known for their miraculous intercession.

In the midst of the 14th century the Black Plague ravaged the cities and countrysides of Europe, and Christians were constantly begging God to spare them from the deadly disease.

To help amplify their prayers Christians in Germany turned to a group of saints who were known for their miraculous intervention. They invoked these saints collectively as a group, which eventually became known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Each of the Holy Helpers was chosen specifically for the patronage they had and were added to the list to create a type of “Avengers” or “Justice League” of spiritual power. The saints all have separate feast days, but in some places the Fourteen Holy Helpers were celebrated locally on a single day, August 8.

Click on the slideshow to know who they are!


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