Bishop and apostolic delegate, born in Westphalia, Germany about 1020. He studied in Paris, was ordained, and then became the ranking priest at the Paderborn Cathedral School. From there he went to Aachen and became the royal chaplain of Emperor Henry II. In 1064, Altman went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and was captured by the Muslim Saracens in Palestine. He was released and journeyed home in 1065 facing renewed dangers. Upon his arrival home, Altman was named the bishop of Passati because of the patronage of Empress Agnes. Altman founded the Augustinian abbey at Gottweig, Austria, and generally reformed the religious institutions of the region. He then became involved in Pope Gregory VII's efforts to halt simony and clergy marriages. Altman was driven out of his diocese because of this controversy. He went to Rome and was appointed apostolic delegate to Germany. In 1081, he returned to Passau but was driven out again. Altman spent the remaining years of his life in the abbey at Gottweig, Austria.
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Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes