Birth: c. 720
Born c. 720 in Sicily, Stephen III/IV was elected pope in 768 through the influence of the notary Christopher. He was opposed by the antipope Constantine II, who was the brother of Duke Toto of Nepi and who was blinded and degraded the following year. Stephen opposed iconoclasm and forbade lay participation in the election of popes. Stephen is said to have allowed King Desiderius of the Lombards to murder Christopher and his son, Sergius. Stephen also opposed the marriage of Charlemange to King Desiderius' daughter and did nothing when Charlemagne repudiated her. Stephen died in 772.
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always tried to do God's will obediently whenever it was pointed out to her by ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier