A Greek born in Jerusalem, Theodore I may have come to Rome to escape the Arab invasions of the Holy Land. The son of a bishop, he was elected to the papacy in 642. He opposed monothelitism and received the repentance of Patriarch Pyrrhus of Constantinople, whom St. Maximos the Confessor had humiliated in public debate. (Not restored to the patriarchate, Pyrrhus returned to his heretical views). Theodore called a council at the Lateran before his death in 649 to condemn the Ecthesis of Emperor Heraclius, an expression of monothelitism, and the Typos of Emperor Constans II, which forbade the discussion of will and operation in Christ.
Peter, who was also known as Simon Peter of Cephas, is considered the first Pope. Despite his papacy, Peter had humble beginnings and became one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was ordained by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born on October 16 1890 in Corinaldo, in the Ancona Province in Italy, her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. When he died of malaria, Maria's mother had to struggle to feed her children. Maria's mother, brothers, and sisters worked in ... 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
Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a prince of Poland, the second son of King Casimir IV and Elizabeth of Austria, his life was scheduled to cement his father's authority and increase Poland's power. Casimir realized from an early age ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes