During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Theobald Visconti, archdeacon of Liege, Belgium, learned of his election to the papacy. Arriving in Rome, he was quickly ordained a priest, then a bishop, and crowned pope with the name Gregory X in 1272. A year later, he issued an encyclical forbidding the persecution of Jews. In 1274 he convened a general council of the Church at Lyons, France, in the course of which a delegation representing the Byzantine emperor agreed to the reunion of the Greek Orthodox Church with the Catholic Church. This restoration of Christian unity (sadly to be short-lived) moved Gregory to tears as the thanksgiving hymn, Te Deum, was sung. In a letter to the Byzantine emperor, Gregory expressed his joy, writing, "Would that your ears had heard the voices, especially of the prelates, as, bareheaded and on bended knees, they praised and glorified God! Would that you had beheld their eyes streaming with tears!" Known for his holiness throughout his life, Gregory spoke of God as "him whom we must serve in this world, and to whom, should he wish to call us, we shall go with confidence, trusting in his mercy."
The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at ... 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
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
Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian ... 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