In 1838, the pagan governor of Vietnam's Nam Dinh province summoned five hundred soldiers to a banquet to pressure them into trampling upon a cross in renunciation of Christianity. Most of the guests complied, but three Catholic soldiers refused, one of whom was Domingo Nicolas Dat Dinh, from Phu Nhai. The three soldiers were tortured, but to no avail. The governor then rounded up the soldiers' families and threatened to torture them if the three continued to refuse his order. Frightened for their parents, wives, and children, the soldiers yielded, agreeing to trample upon a cross. But soon repenting, they confessed their sin to a priest and returned to the governor to re-affirm their faith. He simply sent them away. Two of the soldiers (Saints Augustin Huy Viet Phan and Nicolas The) then went to the emperor Minh Mang to deliver a declaration of their faith. Both were executed. Domingo had concurred in his companions' declaration, but had been unable to accompany them. When soon afterward he was captured, he said, "I have already suffered so much for Christ that I will not lose my reward for it." He was executed on July 18, 1838.
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
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the ... continue reading
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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