Adrian V, Ottobono Fieschi, nephew of Innocent IV, was born in Genoa c. 1205. His uncle appointed him cardinal deacon of St. Adrian in 1251, and in 1265, Clement IV sent Cardinal Fieschi to England to settle a dispute between Henry III and his barons, who insisted the king should honor the Magna Carta, and to persuade Henry to lead a crusade. The successful cardinal returned to Rome in 1268 and became a leading figure in the Curia. He was elected to the papacy in July of 1276 and died five weeks later, before he was ordained a priest and crowned pope. His only official papal act was to ease Gregory X's strictures about rationing food during conclaves.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with the beautiful princess. Margaret and Malcolm were married before too long. As ... 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
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing ... 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