A deacon under Popes Liberius and Damasus I, Pope/St. Siricius was born in Rome c. 334 and was elected to the papacy in 384. Opposed briefly by Ursinus, he was the first pope to issue decretals, directives written in the style of edicts and carrying the force of law. In 386, he issued a decretal calling for clerical celibacy and threatening sanctions against the unchaste. Siricius presided at the synod that excommunicated Jovinian in 392/93 for saying that the Theotokos lost her virginity when she bore Jesus. Siricius also condemned Bonosus of Niassus for saying that the Theotokos and St. Joseph had children together after the birth of Jesus. Siricius died in 399, and his tomb was a popular pilgrim's destination in the VII Century.
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The remarkable woman who would be known as Mother Theresa began life named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, she was the youngest child born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, Receiving her First Communion at the age of five, she was confirmed in ... 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
Abbess and model of the conventual life. Agnes was a friend of the poet Venantius Fortunatus, who visited her in the Holy Cross convent in Poitiers, France. Recognized for her holiness and ... 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