Honorius IV A grand-nephew of Honorius III, Giacomo Savelli was born c. 1210 in Rome and studied in Paris. Urban IV made him a cardinal in 1261. Savelli was elected pope in 1285 and took the name of his great-uncle. Although he favored mendicant orders, he condemned the Apostolics, who preached evangelical poverty, the year after his election. Persuaded by St. Raymond of Peñafort, Honorius encouraged the study of Oriental languages at the University of Paris in the hope that greater knowledge of them in the West would repair the schism with the Eastern Church and would facilitate the conversion of Jews and Arabs. He hoped also that Sicily would become a papal fief. Crippled by arthritis, Honorius died in 1287.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
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By St Therese of Lisieux
O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that very place, my God. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, as my desire finds its ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes