The young Christian Plato suffered at Ancyra (Ankara, Turkey) during the Roman Empire's continuing persecution of the Church. His captors tortured him by placing him on hot iron plates that burned his skin. They then tore off strips of his scorched flesh and left him writhing in agony for eight days before beheading him. Plato came to be venerated as a patron saint of captives, for whom he is said to have worked miracles.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died when she was 24, after having lived as cloistered Carmelite for ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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
By Justin Soutar