John I Born c. 470 in Tuscany, John was a supporter of anti-pope Lawrence and reconciled with Symmachus in 506. A friend of Boethius, John was a senior deacon before his election to the papacy in 523. Two years later, the Arian Theodoric send the pope to Constantinople to ask Emperor Justin to lighten his edicts against the Arians, whose churches Justin had closed in 520 and whom he had fired from all government posts. The first pope to travel to Constantinople, John was well-received and celebrated both Christmas and Easter in the eastern imperial capital. He failed, however, to persuade the emperor revoke the laws against Arianism. Legends say that John was imprisoned on his return to Rome in 526 and died of starvation.
St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church. He was born about the year 342 at Stridonius, a small town at the head of the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the "cream" of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the ... 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
For those of us who think that the faith and zeal of the early Christians died out as the Church grew more safe and powerful through the centuries, the martyrs of Uganda are a reminder that ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes