Innocent III Innocent III (c 1160-1216 CE) was born into a Roman family as Lothair of Segni. He attended school in Paris and Bologna where he studied theology and law respectively. He became Cardinal Deacon of St. Sergius and St. Bacchus in 1190, and in January of 1198 was elected Pope. He was ordained in February and came to office as Fredrick II of Sicily, Otto of Brunswick, and Philip of Hohenstaufen were vying for leadership of the Holy Roman Empire. Innocent used this struggle to strengthen the role of papal intervention in political decisions. He believed in a system of papal monarchy in which the Pope acted as the Vicar of Jesus Christ and in which bishops were under his direct authority. Innocent's two main interests were heresy and crusade. He declared the church a state in order to make heresy a crime against the state and called crusades with the goal of reuniting the Greek and Latin churches. In 1215 Innocent III held the most widely attended council of the Middle Ages, the Fourth Lateran Council, which dealt with over 70 decrees written by Innocent III himself.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme ... 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. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes