The pope whose 1184 council laid the foundation for the Inquisition, Lucius III was born Ubaldo Allucingoli c. 1097 or c. 1110 at Lucca. He became a Cistercian under Bernard of Clarivaux, and Innocent II appointed Ubaldo cardinal deacon in 1141. Ubaldo became cardinal bishop of Ostia in 1159 under Adrian IV. Elected pope two years later, he was crowned at Velletri because he displeased the Roman populace. After the council of Verona in 1184, the pope issued a bull, Ad abolendum, that unrepentant heretics, whom the church had excommunicated, should be turned over to civil authorities. In this matter, the pope and Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa were of one mind. Lucius refused to crown Henry VI, Frederick's son, emperor while Frederick lived. Lucius opposed the Cathari, whose beliefs were similar to those of the Manichees. Unpopular in Rome, Lucius lived in Velletri or Agnani during most of his papacy, which ended with his death in 1185.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became ... continue reading
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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