The scion of a noble Roman family, Sergius III (d. 911) was made a deacon by Stephen V/VI and a bishop by Formosus. Sergius was present at Stephen VI/VII's condemnation of Formosus and accepted demotion to deacon. Stephen VI/VII later ordained Sergius a second time. In 897, Sergius was elected to the papacy, but Lambert of Spoleto, who opposed the election, exiled him. With the help of the Duke of Spoleto, Sergius marched on Rome in 904 and ousted Christopher, who had been installed as pope (or anti-pope). Sergius dated his reign from the time of his election, rather than from the time of his regaining the throne. Sergius allowed the fourth marriage of Emperor Leo VI, although the Patriarch of Constantinople had forbidden it. Sergius decreed that all clergy ordained by Formosus were not real clergy and any clergy ordained by someone whom Formosus had ordained was not real. Auxilius, a Frankish priest, erupted in pamphlets of protest. A favorite of Theophylact and his wife Theodora, Sergius is supposed to have been the father of John XI, the son of Marozia, Theophylact's 15-year-old daughter.
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, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... 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
Charles was the son of Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret Medici, sister of Pope Pius IV. He was born at the family castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy on October 2. He received the clerical ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes