The bloody persecution that the anti-Catholic Popular Front waged against the Church during Spain's civil war of 1936-1939 did not spare Catholic hospitals. On July 31, 1936, in Ciempozuelos, Popular Front agents seized the Psychiatric Hospital of Saint Joseph, which until then had been staffed by the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Under the new administrators, all Catholic worship within the hospital was thereafter banned, and all religious images (crucifixes, etc.) were stripped from the walls. Despite this hostile environment, the brothers of the Hospitaller congregation continued to serve their patients, and defied the worship ban by praying together early each morning. In August all the religious were taken away to prison. One brother was executed on August 18. Twenty-two more were put to death in November and December. Tobias Borras Roman, a seventy-five-year-old brother from San Jorge, Spain, was the last of the Hospitallers to be executed, dying on February 11, 1937.
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Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began ... 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
Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is ... 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