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St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456), Priest CATHOLIC HOTDISH - October 23, 2015 ... Belgrade of 1456, while Janos Hunyady led the right wing. The Hungarian army inflicted severe losses upon the Turks, fended off the Muslim advance, and saved not only Belgrade but Christian Europe. After the battle thousands of bodies were left unburied and disease was rampant. St. John walked among the corpses, contracted the plague, and died at Villach, Austria, on October 23, 1456. He was canonized in 1690 and is the patron saint of military chaplains and ...