Jacinto de los Angeles and Juan Bautista were Catholic laymen of Mexico’s Zapoteca tribe born in the same year in the village of San Francisco Cajonos. Both had lived dedicated Catholic lives, beginning as altar boys and advancing to the lay office of “attorney general,” charged with assisting the priests in protecting public morality and the integrity of the Catholic faith in their native place. Jacinto and his wife Petrona had two children. Juan Bautista and his wife Josefa had one daughter. On September 14, 1700, the solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Jacinto and Juan learned that certain villagers were planning to profane the feast day by carrying out an idolatrous pagan rite. The two men thwarted the occult ceremony by confronting the idolaters in person, but afterward the pagan worshippers plotted swift vengeance. On September 15, they seized Juan and Jacinto, the latter having declared that he wanted to “die for love of God and without using weapons.” The next day, in a revival of brutal pre-Columbian pagan practices, the idolaters beat and slashed the two men, and cut their hearts out.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in ... 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