When in 1525 England's Cardinal Wolsey appointed Father Richard Whiting abbot of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Glastonbury, he praised the appointee as "a priest commendable for his life, virtues, and learning," a declaration signed by the future martyr (Saint) Thomas More as a witness. But when in 1534 Abbot Whiting had to choose between his allegiance to the papacy and King Henry VIII's demand under pain of death that he recognize his claim of supremacy over the Church in England, the abbot failed to follow More's example, but instead swore allegiance to Henry. Yet after five years of making compromises to keep his abbey open, Abbot Whiting was nonetheless arrested when a raid of his room yielded copies of papal bulls, papal indulgences, and a biography of the martyred archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Becket. It was at this point that the abbot finally found the courage openly to declare his allegiance to the pope. He was executed by drawing and quartering in Glastonbury together with two other Glastonbury monks, (Blesseds) John Thorne and Roger James.
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Little is known of her life, and the information was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was ... 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
St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, ... 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