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.
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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
Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they ... 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 ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes