Born in 1405 at Corsinano (later renamed Pienza in his honor), Enea Silvio Piccolomini took his papal name from the epithet Pius Æneas. In 1431, he attended a council at Basel and became the secretary to Amadeus of Savoy, who later became Antipope Felix V. Frederick III named Piccolomini poet laureate in 1442; among his works are The Tale of Two Lovers and Chrysis. He was reconsiled to Eugene IV three years later and was ordained in 1446. Elected pope two years after his ordination, Pius called for a crusade to retake Constantinople from the Turks. No one responded, so the pope decided in 1463 to lead the crusade himself. He died the following year in Ancona; his heart was buried there, and his body was taken to Rome for burial.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black ... 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. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes