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Patron Saints of Special Needs

Saints usually become patrons of countries, professions, and special needs through popular devotion rather than by any official designation. They may be closely associated with the history of a country, or have been engaged in some form of work associated with a particular profession, or have performed certain ministries or healings related to special needs.

Barren Women:  Anthony of Padua, Felicity
Beggars:  Martin of Tours
Blind:  Odilia, Raphael
Blood Banks:  Januarius
Bodily Ills:  Our Lady of Lourdes
Cancer Patients:  Peregrine of Auxerre
Convulsive Children:  Scholastica
Deaf:  Francis de Sales
Desperate Situations:  Jude, Rita of Cascia
Dog Bites:  Vitus
Epilepsy:  Vitus, Willibrord
Eye Diseases:  Lucy
Falsely Accused:  Raymond Nonnatus
Headache Sufferers:  Teresa of Avila
Heart Patients:  John of God
Invalids:  Roch
Learning:  Ambrose
Mentally Ill:  Dymphna
Orphans:  Jerome Emiliani
Poor:  Anthony of Padua, Giles, Lawrence
Possessed:  Bruno, Denis
Rheumatism:  James the Greater
Searchers of Lost Articles:  Anthony of Padua
Sick:  Camilus of Leillus, John of God, Michael
Snake Bites:  Vitus
Throat Ailments:  Blaise
Women in Labor:  Anne

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