Clement V The first pope of the Babylonian captivity, as the papacy's sojourn at Avignon is often called, Clement V was born Bertrand de Got c. 1260 at Villandraut, Gironde, and was a student of canon law at Orléans and Bologna. Elected pope in 1305, he was crowned at Lyons and settled at Avignon four years after his election. He spent the intervening years wandering through France. In 1311, he convoked the Council of Vienne to investigate the Knights Templar, whom he condemned the following year. At the suggestion of his friend Ramon Llull, he established chairs of Oriental languages at various universities to educate missionaries and those who would preach to Jews and Muslims; Clement also founded universities at Orléans and at Perugia. In 1314, he issued a collection of decretals known as the Clementines. When he died that year, he was buried in a church which he had founded near his birthplace.
The holy men and women are also called the "Protomartyrs of Rome." They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, which is present-day Algeria. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. ... 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
Lucy's history has been lost and all we really know for certain is that this brave woman who lived in Syracuse lost her life during the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Her veneration spread to Rome so that by the sixth century the whole Church ... continue reading
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. Everything we know from authority about the two first- century martyrs comes from ... 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