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Feast Day: July 10

Blessed Christopher Macassoli of Vigevano, also known as Kristoffer Macassoli av Vigevano or Cristoforo Macassoli, was born around 1415 to the noble Macassoli family in Milan, Italy. At the age of 20, he entered the Franciscan Order, known for its devotion to poverty and simplicity.
After his ordination as a priest, Christopher Macassoli dedicated his life to the service of God and the Catholic Church. His deep spirituality and desire to guide others in their faith led him to found the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Vigevano, Italy, around 1475. This monastery quickly became a significant center of pilgrimage for those seeking spiritual advice and guidance.
Christopher's work at Santa Maria delle Grazie was not limited to overseeing the daily operations of the monastery. He also collaborated closely with another blessed Franciscan, Blessed Pacificus Ramoth of Carano. Together, they provided pastoral care and spiritual direction to the pilgrims who visited the monastery, offering counsel and prayers for their specific needs.
Known for his humility, charity, and wisdom, Blessed Christopher Macassoli had a profound impact on the lives of those who encountered him. Pilgrims from all walks of life sought his guidance, and many reported experiencing spiritual healing and consolation through his intercession.
Blessed Christopher Macassoli of Vigevano passed away on 5 March 1485, at the monastery he had founded. His death was attributed to natural causes, and he was buried in the abbey church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In 1810, his relics were translated to the cathedral of Vigevano, where they remain venerated.
Recognizing his holiness and the profound devotion of the faithful, Blessed Christopher Macassoli was beatified on 23 July 1890 by Pope Leo XIII. The cultus, or public veneration, of Blessed Christopher Macassoli has been confirmed, acknowledging the impact of his life and the continued prayers and intercession of the faithful who turn to him for spiritual assistance.
Today, Blessed Christopher Macassoli of Vigevano is remembered as a model of holiness and a spiritual guide for pilgrims and devotees seeking wisdom, healing, and inspiration in their journey of faith. His life serves as a reminder of the transformative power of a devoted and prayerful life dedicated to serving God and others.