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.
At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Little is known of her life, and the information was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was ... 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
Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian ... 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