Albert was of a well known family in Parma, Italy. He studied theology and law, became a canon at Holy Cross Abbey in Mortara and in 1184, became bishop of Bobbio. He was shortly after translated to Vercelli, mediated a dispute between Frederick Barbarosa and Pope Clement III, was Pope Innocent III's legate to Northern Italy, and in 1199 negotiated a peace between Parma and Piacenza. In 1205, he was appointed patriarch of Jerusalem, which had been established as a Latin kingdom by the Crusaders in 1099. Since the Saracens had recaptured Jerusalem in 1187, he was obliged to establish a See at Akka. He took a prominent role in the civil and ecclesiastical affairs of the kingdom, often mediating disputes between the different Frankish factions. He is especially known for a rule he composed for St. Brocard, Prior of the hermits living on Mount Carmel, which became the first Rule of the Carmelites. He was stabbed in Akka by a man he had discharged as head of Holy Ghost hospital there.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she ... 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
Saint Mary (Paula) Di Rosa December 15 The pounding on the barricaded door of the military hospital sent every heart thudding in terror. In the middle of the war in Brescia (Italy) in 1848, the ... 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