Martyred at age three, the center of a terrible controversy concerning the Jews of the region. Andrew was born in Rinn, near Innsbruck, Austria, in 1459. Orphaned at the age of two, he was given to his uncle, Mayer. Andrew's body was soon discovered hanging from a tree, bearing terrible knife wounds. Mayer, arrested for the crime, declared that he had sold the baby to Jewish peddlers. Mayer was judged insane. In 1475, a group of Jews near Trent, Italy, admitted under severe torture that they had killed a Christian boy. The people of Rinn believed the Jews had also killed Andrew. His place of death was made into a shrine, and many miracles were reported there. Pope Benedict XV allowed Andrew to be beatified, but refused all requests that the baby be canonized.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. She had ... 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
Bishop and prophet, called "the Elder" or "the Bald." Also known as Elphege, he was the bishop of Winchester, England. There he ordained St. Dunstan. A holy prophet, Alphege is ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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