Aquila was an Egyptian arrested for his Christian faith during the persecution under the eastern Roman emperor, Maximinus Daia. The pagan governor of Thebes, Arianus, ordered Aquila to be put to death by the tearing of his flesh with iron combs. It is said that afterwards this same governor converted to Christianity and died a martyr's death (Saint Arianus, commemorated on March 8).
English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a convert. He was arrested the day he received his first Communion. A husbands man by trade, Ralph was allowed a leave from prison and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach ... 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