Clement II Suidger of Bamberg was born in Saxony and was chaplain to Emperor Henry III when Henry ousted various rival claimants to the papal throne, Benedict IX, Sylvester III, and Gregory VI in 1046. Henry arranged for Suidger's election on Christmas Eve and for his consecration on Christmas Day. In return, Clement, who named himself after Clement I, crowned Henry Holy Roman Emperor. Clement called a synod in 1047 to condemn simony and to establish a penance for being knowingly ordained by a simoniac bishop. Clement travelled extensively with Henry during his ten-month papacy and died, probably of lead poisoning, at the monastery of St. Thomas near Pesaro. His body was taken to Bamberg for burial.
On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in certain Irish calendars a Saint Bean in Ireland, who had been confused with the St. Bean whose feast is still observed in the Scottish ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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 Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes