Pope Anastasius IV was born Corrado di Subarra and had a long career in the church before his election to the papacy in 1253. Pope Paschal II appointed him cardinal priest of Sta. Pudenzia c. 1111-1114, and in 1126, Honorius III made Corrado cardinal bishop of Sabina. As Honorius' representative, he settled disputes at Farsa and at Monte Cassino, and from 1130-1137, he was vicar for Innocent III. Corrado served as Eugene III's vicar from 1147-1149 and again from 1150-1152. As pope, Anastasius sent Nicholas Breakspear (later Pope Adrian IV) to Scandinavia to organize the church and maintained peaceful relations with the commune that controlled Rome. Anastasius died in 1154.
St. Clare of Assisi was born in Assisi on July 16, 1194, as Chiara Offreduccio, the beautiful eldest daughter of Favorino Sciffi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Ortolana. Tradition says her father was a wealthy representative of an ancient Roman family and her ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular ... continue reading
Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But unlike so many other powerful nobles, Francis was a perfect Christian ... continue reading
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