Innocent VII The choice of Cardinal Cosmino de Migharatias as pope in 1404 was not a popular one. The Romans rioted, and Ladislaw of Naples quelled their unrest. Antipope Benedict XIII at Avignon also opposed the election of Innocent VII. A canon lawyer and cardinal from Bologna, Innocent agreed to end the schism between the pope in Rome and the antipope in Avignon, but he refused Benedict safe passage when he arrived to negotiate in 1405. That year, Innocent contended again with rioting Romans, who protested the misbehavior of his nephew, Ludovico. Innocent fled to Viterbo to escape the strife. While he was away, Ladislaw returned and conquered Rome. The Romans then invited Innocent VII to come back to Rome the following year. By excommunicating Ladislaw, Innocent re-established himself as the ruler of Rome. Before his death that year, Innocent began a reorganization of the University of Rome.
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
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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
There is a saint called Benedict the Black or Benedict the Moor. He was born a slave near Messina, Italy. He was freed by his master and became a solitary, eventually settling with other hermits at Montepellegrino. He was made superior of the community, but when he was ... continue reading
Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the ... 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