The glorification of Blessed Fernando in Portugal (29/09)

Blessed Fernando or the Steadfast Prince (Fernando (Blessed), the Saint Prince, September 29, 1402 - June 5, 1443) has always been revered by the Portuguese as a saint. He was the youngest of five sons of John of Avis and his wife, Philippa of Lancashire, daughter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

As a child, Fernando was weak and sickly, but smart and kind. There were legends in the royal court about his meekness, purity and generosity, as well as an unusually strong character.

Prince Fernando has always been revered by the Portuguese as a saint. Many miracles took place through his intercession, and in 1470 he was betified by Pope Paul II. Pedro Calderon dedicated to him one of his best tragedies, The Steadfast Prince (translated into Russian by K. Balmont, B. Pasternak).