Probably not legitimately a pope, Giovanni di Sabina ascended to the papal throne as the third Sylvester in 1045, when the Crescenti drove Benedict IX from Rome. After a month and a half, Benedict returned to Rome and ousted Sylvester. When Benedict sold his title to John Gratian, Sylvester returned to Sabina. The council at Sutri charged him with obtaining the see of Rome by simony but suspended his sentence. Sylvester died c. 1063.
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But ... continue reading
By F. K. Bartels