Summary: St Celestine was born and became a deacon at Rome around the time of Pope Innocent I (401-417). Later he himself became Pope 422-432 AD and continued the fight against the Pelagian heresy, which was now waning. He had the satisfaction of seeing it die away in [...]
The Roman Church has had some hesitancy in giving official recognition to a feast of St Joachim (authorised by Julius II, suppressed by Pius V , restored by Gregory XV) but .......
James is numbered with Peter and John as present at raising the daughter of Jairus to life (Mk 5:35-43); the transfiguration (Mk 9:2-8); and during his agony in the garden(Mk 14:32-42).
Summary: St Sarbel Makhluf, Priest, Born on 8 May 1828 at Beka’Kafra (Lebanon); died on Christmas Eve 1898 at Annaya. Maronite monk for 16 years, whose religious name is Sarbel or Charbel, received a good education and was ordained priest. Spent his last 23 years as a hermit. [...]
In 1999 Pope John Paul II made her, along with St Catherine of Siena and Sister Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), one of three co-patronesses of Europe.
Summary: St Mary Magdalene, Apostle: A faithful disciple of Christ, Mary ministered to his needs after having seven devils cast out from her. Witnessed his crucifixion, was present at his burial, and was the first to see the risen Lord. Commissioned by Christ to proclaim the good news [...]
Summary of St Hedwig: Born in 1374, Hedwig was betroth to the heir of Austria at the age of one and married to Jagiello when she was only twelve. She was later falsely denounced as an adulteress and a bigamist. She faced these slanders bravely and with faith. [...]
Summary: St Kateri. Many Catholics outside of the USA will not have heard of this young Native American girl, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (Teck-ak-with-a), who lived in the 17th Century. Her memorial is July 14th. She was born in 1656, at Fonda, upstate New York. Her mother [...]
Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and Kahenta, a woman of the Alonquin tribe who had found Christ through the evangelisation done by the Jesuit priests in what is now upstate New York. She is the first native North American to be beatified.
Summary: Henry, born of royalty, was educated at the cathedral school of Hildesheim. He was wise, prudent and never grasping. He built monasteries and endowed dioceses. He threw his weight behind many Church reforms in Germany especially priestly reform. Pope Benedict VIII crowned him and his wife Holy [...]
Summary of Saint John of Dukla: a Polish Franciscan who worked among Catholics in the Ukraine is one of 339 saints canonised by Pope John Paul II.
Summary and Homily for the Chinese Martyrs: This is a slightly abbreviated version of a homily delivered by Father Li on October 29th. 2000 in the Cathedral [...]