Paul and his thirty-six companions were Christian soldiers of the Roman Army stationed in Egypt at an unknown date sometime during the Roman Empire's occupation of the country. Paul proposed to his fellow soldiers that they should form themselves into a confraternity to evangelize those in Egypt who were not yet Christian. Taking Paul as their leader in this endeavor, the men all agreed to participate. They divided themselves into four bands in the hope of canvassing the whole country with the Gospel. Paul and nine companions headed east. A second contingent with nine men went north, a third band of nine traveled south, and a fourth group of nine headed west. Upon learning of this endeavor from an informer, the pagan governor of Egypt commanded the arrest of all the soldiers involved. They were brought to Alexandria, where the governor, upon seeing them, ordered their immediate execution. The contingent of men that Paul had led eastward together with those sent south were put to death by fire. Those of the northern band were beheaded, while those of the western contingent were crucified.
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
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes