4th March - Saint Casimir - Independent Catholic News
4th March - Saint Casimir - Independent Catholic News: Polish prince. Patron of Lithuania. St Casimir was the third son of King Casimir IV of Poland. Born in 1458, he was educated by John Dlugosz, canon of Krakow, the mediaeval capital of Poland. When Casimir was only 13 there was an attempt to place him on the throne of Hungary. This failed and he was banished to a castle outside the city. The court then tried to pressurise him into marrying a daughter of the Emperor Frederick II, but he refused, saying that he wanted to live a life of prayer and celibacy.