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Saint Patrick Dies - March 17, 461

Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick, the fifth century missionary who converted much of Ireland to Christianity. |

This week marks the anniversary of what is believed to be the date in which Saint Patrick, the famed evangelist of Ireland, passed away.

Born in Britain around the year 386, as a teenager Patrick was captured by pirates and sold into slavery before escaping. During his captivity, he converted to Christianity.

As an adult, he went to Ireland at the appointment of Pope Celestine I in 432 and helped to spread Christianity through the island.

The anniversary of what is believed to be the date of his death, St. Patrick's Day, is a popular holiday in Ireland and North America.

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