Clement IV Born c. 1195, Gui Foulques served the counts of Toulouse and was a legal consultant to Louis IX. Widowed with two daughters, Gui was ordained c. 1256. He became a cardinal five years later and was in England on a diplomatic mission when he was elected pope in 1265. He took the name Clement because he was born on St. Clement's day. The following year, he made Charles of Anjou, brother of King Louis IX, King of Naples and Sicily; Charles' victories over Manfred and Conradin ended the Hohenstaufen line, which had once plagued so many popes. Clement lived in Perugia and Viterbo because the Romans were hostile to the papacy. Clement aided the Spanish in their battles with the Moors and corresponded with Michael VIII Paleologos about reuniting the Western and Eastern churches. Clement died in 1268, and three years passed before the cardinals elected Gregory X.
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace. As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a ... 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. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes