Born in Rome and educated at the Lateran, Paschal was the abbot of St. Stephen's monastery when he was elected pope in 817. He was consecrated the following day to bypass imperial confirmation. Paschal justified this action to Louis I the Pious by saying that he had not sought the office but had undertaken it as an unwanted task. Louis then declared that papal elections are free and did not require imperial approval. The two rem ained on good terms, even after supporters of Lothair, Louis' son and co-emperor, beheaded members of the papal household. Paschal had the perpetrators executed as traitors. Paschal supported St. Theodore of Studios in his struggle against the iconoclast emperor, Leo V. When Paschal died in 824, he was so unpopular that a mob prevented the funeral proc ession from entering St. Peter's.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. continue readingMore Female Saints
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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. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach ... 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