The Feast of the Holy Innocents, is sometimes referred to as Childermas, or Massacre of the Innocents’ Day. It is celebrated in the Christian churches in the West on December 28 and in the Eastern churches on December 29. It commemorates the massacre of young male children by King Herod, the Roman-appointed King of the
John was the son of Zebedee, a fisher man from Bethsaida near the Sea of Galilee. With his brother James and Peter, he shared in some of the most significant events in the life of Jesus.
St Peter Nolasco founded the Mercedarian Order devoted to ransoming slaves from the Moors. Patrick Duffy writes a note about the saint and the order he founded. A pious young of a rich family Peter was born near Carcassone in France of a merchant family and grew up as a pious young man. His father died when he
Patrick Duffy looks at when and why a feast celebrating Jesus's birth began to be celebrated on 25th December and what different scholars have to say about that.
Anastasia did many good deeds of generosity and worked many wonders before she herself was burnt to death. The name means “resurrection”: we pray it is a symbol of the transformation of such people’s lives. The Natashas is a book about the international sex trade. John Murray is the author of this piece. Anastasia was
Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonised. Born in Northern Italy, she wanted to be a missionary in China, but Bishop Scalabrini and Pope Peo XIII directed her towards Italian workers in the United States.
Saint Thorlac Thorhallson (1133-93) is the patron saint of Iceland. He travelled to study at Paris, France, and Lincoln, England, before returning to Iceland to become bishop of Skalholt from 1178. Patrick Duffy tells what is known about him. Christianised from a relatively early date Iceland was Christianised from a relatively early date and may have been a staging
St Fachanan is venerated as the patron saint of Kilfenora diocese. The image shows a mitred bishop in the ruins of its cathedral in the village of Kilfenora.