Praetextatus, bishop of Rouen, France, was exiled from his see due to the complex political intrigues besetting the Frankish monarchy. Among the players in this feud was Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman responsible for the deaths of several members of the royal family. Fredegund disdained Praetextatus, and opposed his return from exile, but an episcopal council overruled her objections and reinstated him at Rouen. Upon encountering Praetextatus, Fredegund threatened him with the comment, "The time is coming when you shall revisit the place of your exile." Praetextatus answered her, "I was a bishop always, whether in exile or out of exile, and a bishop I shall remain; but as for you, you shall not always enjoy your crown." He then urged her to repent of her crimes and return to God. This call to conversion fell on deaf ears. Shortly after midnight on Easter morning of 586, as Praetextatus was attending the office of Matins in the cathedral, an assassin acting on the queen's orders stabbed him. The wounded bishop managed to drag himself to the altar and receive Viaticum before dying.
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
Franciscan missionary and traveler. Born Odoric Mattiussi at Villanova, near Pordenone, Italy, he entered the Franciscans in 1300 and became a hermit. After several years, he took to preaching in the region of Udine, northern Italy, attracting huge crowds ... continue reading
By Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes