In the 1850s, the pagan governor of northern Vietnam, Nguyen Dang Giai, made an ill-fated attempt to obtain a measure of religious tolerance for Vietnamese Catholics suffering persecution under the country's emperor, Tu Duc (1848-1862). In a report to Tu Duc, the governor highlighted the Catholics' virtues: "The Christians tend to take care of the sick--physically and mentally, helping the poor...They never discriminate against people for reason of race or religion, but instead, they consider everyone their friends...the Christians are ready to help non-Christians whose families are in difficulty...With such behavior and activities, should they be severely punished?" This plea fell on deaf ears. The emperor continued his measures to eradicate the Catholic Church in Vietnam. On June 16, 1862, five men from the village of Ngoc Cuc were beheaded together at Lang Coc. Dominic Mao Trong Ha, forty-four years old, Domingo Nhi, forty years old, and Andrew Tuong, fifty years old, were farmers. Domingo Nguyen was a sixty-two-year-old village clerk. Vincent Tuong was a forty-eight-year-old village chief.
Called "Abuna" or "the father' of Ethiopia, sent to that land by St. Athanasius. Frumentius was born in Tyre, Lebanon. While on a voyage in the Red Sea with St. Aedesius, possibly his brother, only ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virginity consecrated to God. She ministered to the sick and the poor, and after the death of her ... 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
All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem. He ... continue reading
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing ... 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