January 7th is the Saints' Day of Sant Ramon de Penyafort, who is a medieval Catalan saint and the patron of many parishes around Catalonia so there are quite a few celebrations in his honour.
Ramon de Penyafort was born in Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Alt Penedès in 1180 and died in Barcelona in 1275 and was a Dominican monk, who was considered one of the great medieval experts in canon law.
Ramon de Penyafort wrote a number of important theological works in the 1220s and 1230s, including Summa de casibus poenitentiae, Summa Iuris canonici, Liber extra and Dubitalia cum responsionibus ad quaedam ad Pontificem and was also confessor to Pope Gregory IX.
He was involved in the founding of the Order of la Mercè, was closely involved in the politics of the Crown of Aragon and was responsible for lifting the excommunication of his friend Jaume I.
From 1240 onward, Ramon de Penyafort lived in semi-retirement in the Convent of Santa Caterina, from where he acted as an inquisitor and is considered responsible for introducing the Inquisition to Catalonia.
In the latter part of his life, he remained involved in politics, founded schools of Arabic and completed more theological works, including Summa contra gentiles.
Ramon de Penyafort died at the age of 95 in 1275 and the Council of Tarragona requested his canonisation just four years later in 1279 but he didn't become a saint until 1601.
His body was originally laid to rest in the Convent of Santa Caterina but has lain in the Cathedral of Barcelona since 1838.
In 1944, the Spanish government created the Order of the Cross of Saint Ramon de Penyafort, which rewards excellence in juridical science.
January 7th is the Saints' Day of Sant Ramon de Penyafort, who is a medieval Catalan saint and the patron of many parishes around Catalonia so there are quite a few celebrations in his honour but, as far as I know, no actual festivals.
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