Innocent III Innocent III (c 1160-1216 CE) was born into a Roman family as Lothair of Segni. He attended school in Paris and Bologna where he studied theology and law respectively. He became Cardinal Deacon of St. Sergius and St. Bacchus in 1190, and in January of 1198 was elected Pope. He was ordained in February and came to office as Fredrick II of Sicily, Otto of Brunswick, and Philip of Hohenstaufen were vying for leadership of the Holy Roman Empire. Innocent used this struggle to strengthen the role of papal intervention in political decisions. He believed in a system of papal monarchy in which the Pope acted as the Vicar of Jesus Christ and in which bishops were under his direct authority. Innocent's two main interests were heresy and crusade. He declared the church a state in order to make heresy a crime against the state and called crusades with the goal of reuniting the Greek and Latin churches. In 1215 Innocent III held the most widely attended council of the Middle Ages, the Fourth Lateran Council, which dealt with over 70 decrees written by Innocent III himself.
St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... 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. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to ... 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