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Monday, March 27, 2017
Welsh village launches campaign to honour saint
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¬†A Welsh village in the mountains of Snowdonia launched a campaign this weekend to honour their forgotten saint. After nearly four hundred years, efforts are being made to celebrate the life of St John Roberts, who was martyred for his faith in 1610. St John was born in the Snowdonian village of Trawsfynydd in 1577 and educated at Oxford. Raised as a Protestant, he converted to Catholicism while living in France. He was the first monk to return to England after the dissolution of the monasteries. During the Great Plague he helped English victims and was captured, tried, hung, drawn and quartered in 1610. Local councillor Isgoed Williams, said many thousands of people turned out for St John's canonisation ceremony in 1970. But, he said, at present, the only place which commemorates St John Roberts' life is Holy Cross Church at Gellilydan near his home of Trawsfynydd. Pictures show him praying before he was martyred. A relic of his finger is kept at the church. The village hope to raise £40,000 to erect a bronze statue of St John, which will be a centrepiece of a new heritage centre in Trawsfynydd. The statue will stand near a statue of Trawsfynydd's other famous son: World War I poet Hedd Wyn.
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