During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Theobald Visconti, archdeacon of Liege, Belgium, learned of his election to the papacy. Arriving in Rome, he was quickly ordained a priest, then a bishop, and crowned pope with the name Gregory X in 1272. A year later, he issued an encyclical forbidding the persecution of Jews. In 1274 he convened a general council of the Church at Lyons, France, in the course of which a delegation representing the Byzantine emperor agreed to the reunion of the Greek Orthodox Church with the Catholic Church. This restoration of Christian unity (sadly to be short-lived) moved Gregory to tears as the thanksgiving hymn, Te Deum, was sung. In a letter to the Byzantine emperor, Gregory expressed his joy, writing, “Would that your ears had heard the voices, especially of the prelates, as, bareheaded and on bended knees, they praised and glorified God! Would that you had beheld their eyes streaming with tears!” Known for his holiness throughout his life, Gregory spoke of God as “him whom we must serve in this world, and to whom, should he wish to call us, we shall go with confidence, trusting in his mercy.”
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... 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
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his ... 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