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.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, ... 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
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, ... continue reading
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple ... 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