Pope Anastasius IV was born Corrado di Subarra and had a long career in the church before his election to the papacy in 1253. Pope Paschal II appointed him cardinal priest of Sta. Pudenzia c. 1111-1114, and in 1126, Honorius III made Corrado cardinal bishop of Sabina. As Honorius' representative, he settled disputes at Farsa and at Monte Cassino, and from 1130-1137, he was vicar for Innocent III. Corrado served as Eugene III's vicar from 1147-1149 and again from 1150-1152. As pope, Anastasius sent Nicholas Breakspear (later Pope Adrian IV) to Scandinavia to organize the church and maintained peaceful relations with the commune that controlled Rome. Anastasius died in 1154.
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
- "excerpts taken from Victories of the Martyrs," by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Taken from the Acts of St. Anastasia, who is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, and commemorated by the Church [old calendar] on December 25, St. Anastasia was a spiritual child of St. ... 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. John, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast day - December 27th) St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of 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