Benedict IV Benedict IV, son of a Roman patrician, reigned briefly and uneventfully from 900 until 903. Little is known about his life prior to his election. He was ordained by Formosus and convoked a council to validate his ordinations, after Stephen VII and John IX had invalidated them. Benedict crowned Louis III the Blind, the last Carolingian emperor, Holy Roman Emperor. Some believe that agents of Berengar of Friuli murdered Benedict, but the evidence suggests the pope died of natural causes.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Born in 1245 in Sant'Angelo, St. Nicholas of Tolentino took his name from St. Nicholas of Myra, at whose shrine his parents prayed to have a child. Nicholas became a monk at 18, and seven years ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels