30 December - Saint Roger was born in Cannes around the year 1060. He lived in the ravages of war due to the opposition of the Norman barons against the authority of Robert Guiscard.

Guiscard completely destroyed the city of Cannes to punish the rebellion of Count Herman. Roger was the bishop of this city and he did his best to alleviate the suffering of his flock. On foot, without shoes, he went in search of food for the people. Some sources suggest that Popes Gelasius II and Paschal II often consulted Roger to settle disputes between the Church and the community. Roger died on 30 December 1129 and was buried in the cathedral of Cannes.

Shortly after Roger's death, his relics were removed by the inhabitants of Barletta, which was common practice at the time. They took his coffin, his cathedra. A year later, the Pope ordered the return of these objects taken by the inhabitants of Barletta. They returned them, except for the coffin, which the successor bishop considered to be of little value. The inhabitants of Barletta, however, had great respect for this relic, and proclaimed Roger a saint because they were convinced of his virtues and holiness. They even composed a special prayer for Roger's memorial Mass: "O God! You have allowed the coming of Blessed Roger to Barletta, grant us, through his prayer and goodness, protection from all evil for ever".

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