Alexander II, Anselm by birth, was born in Baggio and is thought to have been a student of Lanfranc at Bec. Ordained a priest c. 1055, Alexander belonged to the Pataria, a group of churchmen who opposed simony and supported clerical celibacy. In 1057, he became bishop of Lucca and was elected to the papacy in 1061. He opposed lay investiture and was enthroned without the consent of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, who then elected his own anti-pope. Alexander was accused in 1064 of buying the papacy but cleared himself at the Council of Mantua in the same year. For the rest of his reign, which ended in 1073, Alexander sought to reform the church and fought with the emperor over lay investiture.
Two martyrs, brother and sister, who were put to death at Edessa during the persecutions of Emperor Trajan. Sarbelius, also called Sharbel, was a high priest at Edessa, in Mesopotamia. They were ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
St. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to ... 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 ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes