Born January 3, 1694 in Ovada, in the Republic of Genoa.  He spent his infancy and youth in great innocence and piety.  He was inspired to found a congregation and in an ecstasy, he beheld the habit which he and his companions were to wear.  Bishop Gastinara of Alexandria and Paul reached the conclusion that God wished him to establish a congregation in honor of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  The Bishop vested him in the habit shown to him from on high on November 22, 1720.  St. Paul prepared the Rules of his institute.  In 1721 he applied to the Holy See for permission but he failed.  When Benedict XIV became Pope, he received permission in 1741 and 1746.  Paul built his first monastery near Obitello.  He later established a larger community at the Church of Sts John and Paul in Rome.  He remained an indefatigable missionary of Italy for fifty years.  He received great gifts in the supernatural order but believed that he was a useless servant and great sinner.  He died in 1775 at age eighty-one.  Pope Pius IX canonized him in 1867.

FEAST DAY:  October 20

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