His remains housed in Bitetto.
Zadar, Kingdom of Croatia and Dalmatia
|Died||27 April 1490 (aged 89-90)|
Bitetto, Bari, Kingdom of Naples
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||29 December 1700, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Clement XI|
In year 1438 his Franciscan deputy-provincial was requested to partake in the general chapter of the Franciscan Order in Bari, and chose Jakov to accompany him. After they arrived Jakov decided to stay. He lived in various Italian monasteries for 12 years, serving as a cook, before settling in one in Bitetto. Jakov was specially devoted to the Passion of Christ and Virgin Mary, he was carrying by a penitential act, delivering the long-term prayers and contemplation, and even fell into raptures few times. Jakov was also in charge of collecting alms, and this led him to numerous travels. During a plague epidemic of 1482 he cared patients infected with the plague.
Jakov died on April 27, 1485 in Bitetto with a holy reputation, and was buried in a chapel built for him. He was publicly honored since 1505. In 1700 Pope Clement XI beatified him, and approved his veneration to the Franciscan Order. Pope Leo XIII allowed the Archdiocese of Zadar to venerate him.
Missal of the Croatian-speaking Franciscan community contains texts for liturgical veneration of the blessed Jakov. In 1990, the diocesan process for his canonization was completed, and documents handed over to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He is celebrated in the church of St. Francis where believers from Bitetto brought his picture and reliquaries in 1989.
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