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John of the Cross

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noun
Saint Juan de Yepis y Álvarez, 1542–91, Spanish mystic, writer, and theologian: cofounder with Saint Theresa of the order of Discalced Carmelites.
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John of the Cross

noun
Saint. original name Juan de Yepis y Alvarez. 1542–91, Spanish Carmelite monk, poet, and mystic. He founded the Discalced Carmelites with Saint Teresa (1568). Feast day: Dec 14
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