When Tommaso Parentucelli was elected pope in 1447, he took the name Nicholas in honor of his patron, Nicoḷ Albergati. Tommaso, the son of a doctor, was born in 1397 at Sarzano, and when his parents died, he abandoned his studies at Bologna to become a tutor. He served as bishop of Bologna and papal legate before being named a cardinal. As pope, he negotiated a concordat with Emperor Frederick III in which the emperor recognized the right of the pope to fill vacant sees and other vacant high-profile clerical positions in Germany. After ending a schism with Antipope Felix V in 1449, the pope declared the following year one of jubilee. A plague broke out in 1450. Nicholas is sometimes considered the true founder of the Vatican library because he left it 1,200 Latin and Greek manuscripts when he died in 1455.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious ... 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
St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, ... 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