Descended from Roman nobility, Sergius II had been made an acolyte by Leo III, a subdeacon by Stephen IV/V, a cardinal by Paschal I, and an archpriest by Gregory IV. Sergius was elected pope in 844, and when King Lothair sent his son Louis II to rebuke Sergius for his failure to apprise the emperor of his election, Sergius crowned Louis king of the Lombards. Sergius restored the Marcian aqueduct, but he failed to protect Rome from the Saracens, who plundered the city in 846. Sergius died suddenly the following year while trying to make peace between the patriarchs of Grado and Aquileia.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class in the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she was said to have heard the ... 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
Dymphna was born in Ireland sometime in the seventh century to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. When she was fourteen, she consecrated herself to Christ and took a vow of chastity. Soon afterward, her mother died and her father - who had loved his wife ... continue reading
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In her convent of San Damiano, Clare heroically practiced the virtues that should characterize all Christians: humility, a spirit of piety and penance, and charity. Her fame of sanctity and the prodigies that came about thanks to her intervention led Pope Alexander ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes