Cardinal and bishop. Peter was the son of Guy of Luxembourg, count of Ligny, in Lorraine, but was orphaned at the age of four. Taken to Paris, he became a canon at Notre Dame, Chartres, and Cambrai and was appointed arch.. deacon of Dreux. For a time he was held by the English as a hostage at Calais for his brother, and then, in 1384, he was named bishop of Metz at the age of fourteen. Two years later, he became a cardinal by decree of the antipope Clement VII. Owing to the political strife which attended the schism, Peter needed armed troops to take possession of his see against the followers of Pope Urban VI. Despite the reforms he introduced to the diocese, he was driven from Metz and joined Clement at Avignon. He died at the age of eighteen at the Carthusian monastery at Villeneuve, France. Peter was well known for his austerity and holiness.
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age of twenty-six. He declined the chair of philosophy at the university of ... continue reading
St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on August ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes