In 309 five Egyptian Christians journeyed to the mines of Cilicia (south central Turkey) to visit their fellow Christians toiling there as slave laborers, condemned by the pagan Roman authorities to spend the rest of their lives underground. Afterward, as the five men, Elias, Jeremy, Isaias, Samuel, and Daniel, were on their way back to Egypt, they were stopped and questioned by Roman guards at Caesarea, Palestine (near Hadera, Israel). Upon confessing their Christian identity and the reason for their journey, they were arrested and tortured on a rack. The Roman governor then interrogated the men, asking Elias what their native country was. Elias answered, “Jerusalem,” meaning not the earthly city, but rather the heavenly Jerusalem. The governor thereupon ordered Elias to be tortured further and all five men to be beheaded. A young man named Porphyry who protested that the martyrs deserved a decent burial was promptly arrested, found to be a Christian, and put to death by fire. Added to these martyrs was an onlooker named Seleucus, who was overheard praising Porphyry’s constancy. He was immediately beheaded.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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
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 ... 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