Born in Bologna, Gherardo Caccianemi was a deacon at St. Frediano in Lucca before Callixtus II appointed him cardinal priest of Santa Croce in 1124. Caccianemi served Honorius II as legate to Germany and Innocent III as governor of Benevento. In 1141, Caccianemi became the chancellor and librarian of the Vatican. His long years of service led to his election to the papacy three years later. Lucius II accepted Portugal as a papal fiefdom and established monasteries in Italy and Germany. Giordano Pierleoni, brother of antipope Anacletus II, incited the Romans to rebel against Lucius, who died in 1145 of wounds received as he led an assault against the rebels.
Archbishop and "the First Martyr of Canterbury." He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England, asking after a few years to become a hermit. He received ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes