Clement VI Born Pierre Roger c. 1291 in Aquitaine, Clement VI was the fourth pope to serve from Avignon. Before his election in 1342, he had been chancellor of France and Archbishop of Rouen. He hoped to end the Hundred Years' War but did not. He presided over the last crusade, and during his tenure, the banks of Florence failed. In 1348, the Black Death again spread in France, and nearly a quarter of the papal staff at Avignon died of the disease. Although rumors abounded that Jews had carried the Plague, Clement welcomed them at Avignon. He bought the papal palace from Queen Joan I of Naples, who had been accused and acquitted of murdering her husband. Clement died in 1352 and was buried at Chaise-Dieu, where he had been a monk. In 1562, the Huguenots descrated the grave and burned Clement's body.
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
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
Saint John Gaulbert, Abbot - Feast day is July 12th The city of Florence gave to the world Saint John Gaulbert. Although he enjoyed the benefits of an early Christian education, his youthful heart ... 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