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While studying in Bologna, Italy, Nicholas Fortiguera, of Siena, was so impressed by the preaching of Saint Dominic that he donated his possessions to the poor and asked Dominic for the habit of his Order of Friars Preachers. As a Dominican priest, Nicholas devoted his energies to the conversion of sinners, bringing many to repentance. He also won the conversion to the faith of numerous Jews and heretical Christians. While on the island of Corsica, he learned that the pope wanted to make him a bishop. At first the humble friar hid himself in a grotto in the hope of escaping elevation to this high office. But he soon experienced a vision of the fourth century bishop Saint Nicholas of Myra, who assured him that the episcopacy was God's will for him. As bishop of what is now part of the diocese of Ajaccio, Corsica, Nicholas combined a personal life of frequent prayer and rigorous mortification with great generosity to the poor. Having foretold in a sermon his own death, he died immediately after a Mass celebrated in his presence.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
An elder Mexican man makes his way to Mass in the early morning twilight of December 9, 1531. He is a peasant, a simple farmer and laborer, and he has no education. Born under Aztec rule, he is a convert to Catholicism, and each step he takes this morning is a step ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a prince of Poland, the second son of King Casimir IV and Elizabeth of Austria, his life was scheduled to cement his father's authority and increase Poland's power. Casimir realized from an early age ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes