Martyred Swedish king, also known as Olaf Skottkonung He ruled Sweden from 993-1024 as the son and heir of Eric the Conqueror. Converted to Christianity by St. Sigfrid, he attempted to introduce the faith to Sweden. The chief event of his reign was his defeat of King Olaf I Tryggvason of Norway at Svolder in 1000 with the aid of King Sweyn of Denmark and Eric, Jarl of Lade. His efforts at Christianization met with sharp opposition from pagans, and Olaf was martyred at Stockholm by rebels after he refused to sacrifice to pagan idols.
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Widow of Palestine who rescued the remains of St. Varus, martyred in some earlier persecution. She enshrined the saint’s remains in her home in Dera, in Syria. When a church was dedicated to St. ... 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