Today is the feast of the other Oratorian saint besides St Philip, St Luigi Scrosoppi (1804-1884), a member of the Udine Oratory. He is the patron saint of those suffering from AIDS and also of football.
He was noted for his work with orphans, the founder of a religious order for women, the Sisters of Providence, and, with the suppression of his Oratory in 1866, one of those persecuted by the anti-clerical forces that ruled the newly unified Italy.
St Luigi Scrosoppi in mid-life
The best known image of St Luigi Scrosoppi
Pope John Paul II canonised St Luigi Scrosoppi on 10th June 2001, and named him patron saint of those suffering with AIDS.
It was at the intercession of St Luigi that a Zambian man, now Fr Peter Changu Shitima, was miraculously cured of AIDS in 1996. He was at that time a member of the Oratory at Oudtshoorn, near Cape Town in South Africa, and it was to a member of St Philip’s family that his friends turned for help. Here is Fr Peter:
Images from Holy Name Manchester website