Nicholas of Tolentino was born in 1245 in Sant’Angelo di Pontano, a village located about 60 km from Ancona and 25 km from Macerata, in Marche region, in Central Italy. He died on 10 September 1305 at Tolentino after a long illness, and was canonized on 5 June, 1446, by Pope Eugene IV (born Gabriele Condulmer, 1383-1447). His relics were rediscovered in 1926 and rest still now in the basilica in Tolentino which bears his name.
St Nicholas of Tolentino got much beloved for his kindness and gentle manners, and gained soon a countrywide reputation as a preacher, a confessor, and a wonder-worker, with over 300 miracles being recognized by the Vatican Congregation.
St. Nicholas of Tolentino, whose feast day was established on the day of his death, was declared Patron of the Universal Church and of Holy Souls in Purgatory (an intermediate state or place inhabited by the souls of sinners, who die in the state of grace and are destined to Heaven, but are not entirely free from their faults yet, and so need to undergo purification before going to Heaven).
Image: "St Nicholas of Tolentino" (on the pillar) by Benozzo Gozzoli (1421-1497), Italian Renaissance painter.
Source: Benozzo Gozzoli [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons