Daniel and Lalou Holdt's kinship with

Saint Eric of Sweden
or Erik IX, King of Sweden:

24th great-grandfather

 Defended his country from Finnish invasions. Codified Swedish law under Gospel principles. Used his throne to spread the Gospel through his kingdom. Built the first large church in Sweden. Martyr. Never formally canonized, his cultus developed almost immediately upon his death. Due to his zeal in the defense of his country and his
faith, his banner has been carried by Swedes, even non-Catholics, for centuries. 
Murdered in 1160 as he left a Mass. 


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