John I Born c. 470 in Tuscany, John was a supporter of anti-pope Lawrence and reconciled with Symmachus in 506. A friend of Boethius, John was a senior deacon before his election to the papacy in 523. Two years later, the Arian Theodoric send the pope to Constantinople to ask Emperor Justin to lighten his edicts against the Arians, whose churches Justin had closed in 520 and whom he had fired from all government posts. The first pope to travel to Constantinople, John was well-received and celebrated both Christmas and Easter in the eastern imperial capital. He failed, however, to persuade the emperor revoke the laws against Arianism. Legends say that John was imprisoned on his return to Rome in 526 and died of starvation.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, ... 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. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became ... 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