Uberto Crivelli, Milanese by birth, was elected pope in 1185. Before his election, he had been archbishop of his native city. Because the Roman people were hostile to the office of the pope, Urban lived in Verona. Although he said he wanted to settle his predecessors' difficulties with Frederick I Barbarrossa, he refused to comply with the emperor's wish that his son, Henry, be crowned co-emperor. Urban suspended the Archbishop of Aquileia, who crowned Henry King of Italy. Pope and emperor also clashed over clerical appointments. Henry invaded the papal states to enforce his father's decisions, and a synod of bishops held at Gelnhausen supported the imperial choices. Urban planned to excommunicate Frederick but died in 1187 before he had done the deed.
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme ... 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
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as “the Melodist” because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the ... 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