Pope/St. Paul I was born in Rome and raised in the Lateran. Brother to Pope Stephen II/III, he was elected to the papacy in 757; a minority supporting the Archdeacon Theophylact delayed Paul's enthronement for a month. Paul confirmed the Donation of Pepin with Pepin III the Short and diplomatically kept the Lombards from taking the papal states. When Emperor Constantine V promulgated iconoclasm in 761, Paul turned his house into a monastery that sheltered Greek iconodules who had fled the persecution. The synod of Gentilly in 767 pitted Franks against Greeks in the image controversy. The Greeks triumphed. Paul translated the relics of Petronilla, whom the Franks believed to have been the daughter of St. Peter, from the catacombs to a church in Rome. Paul died shortly after the synod.
Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
In the fourth century appeared a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian, written, like those of Chrysanthus and Daria, Julian and Basilissa, in glorification of the virginal life, and with the purpose of taking the place of the sensual romances of ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes