In the first quarter of the fifteenth century, the region of Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, was racked with religious strife. Much of the trouble was instigated by the "Hussites," followers of John Hus, a Czech disciple of the English heretic John Wyclif, who had rejected the authority of the pope and the Eucharistic doctrine of transubstantiation. The conflict led to much bloodshed. In 1420 Pope Martin V sent preachers to Bohemia to refute the schismatic and heretical propositions being circulated by the Hussites. Among those sent were the Servite priests Lawrence Nerucci, Augustine Cennini, Bartholomew Donati, and John-Baptist Petrucci, natives of Italy's province of Tuscany. Shortly after their arrival in the Czech city of Prague, the monastery where they were residing was stormed by the Hussites. As the four priests and sixty other Servite friars were singing the Church's thanksgiving hymn, the Te Deum, in the monastery chapel, the Hussites set the building on fire, burning to death all sixty-four religious.
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
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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
An archbishop and scholar, Ado was born in Sens and educated at the Benedictine abbey of Ferrieres. Abbot Lupus Servatus, an outstanding humanist of the time, trained Ado, and was impressed with the ... 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