Born in 1405 at Corsinano (later renamed Pienza in his honor), Enea Silvio Piccolomini took his papal name from the epithet Pius Ćneas. 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.
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland's Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta's family was pious; her father went to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
Born on October 16 1890 in Corinaldo, in the Ancona Province in Italy, her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. When he died of malaria, Maria's mother had to struggle to feed her children. Maria's mother, brothers, and sisters worked in ... continue reading
Thomas More was born in London on February 7, 1478. His father, Sir John More, was a lawyer and judge who rose to prominence during the reign of Edward IV. His connections and wealth would help his son, Thomas, rise in station as a young man. Thomas' mother was Agnes ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes