When Gerard of Burgandy was elected to the papacy in 1058, he took the name Nicholas in honor of Nicholas I. Nicholas was born c. 1010 in Lorraine and was bishop of Florence at the time of his election. Antipope Benedict XIII opposed his election, and Nicholas was not enthroned until Godfrey of Lorraine drove Benedict from Rome in 1059. Nicholas called a council to discuss the usual pressing issues, simony, lay investiture, and the antipope. The council also set up new rules for papal elections, and the Germans rejected these guidelines because they omitted any reference to the role of the emperor in such elections. Nicholas died two years later.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for their own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
At 33 Ambrose had it all - a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the emperor, and a large estate. Then the bishop of Milan died. At this time, about 374, heresies threatened to destroy the ... continue reading
By Youngsun Jun
Though I am not strong enough to hold the suffering souls in my arms and carry them home, I can do one thing: I can pray for the deliverance of the souls who are in the darkness. I can request help from the angels for them. I can make a 911 call for them. So again, I ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes