Pope from 496-498. Anastasius II became pope during the controversy over the Henotikon, an expression of monothelitism which was accepted in Constantinople and rejected in Rome. In an attempt to heal the schism, the pope sent legates to Emperor Anastasius and offered to accept baptisms and ordinations done by Patriarch Acacius if his name would be dropped from the diptychs. At the same time, Theodore of the Ostrogoths sought the throne of Italy from the emperor, who said he would grant it if Rome accepted the Henotikon. Many Roman clergy broke communion with the pope over the proposed reconciliation. Anastasius died shortly after his failure to reconcile the Roman clergy to tolerance of monothelitism. Many saw his death as a swift serving of divine judgement. In spite of that, Anastasius was buried in St. Peter's.
James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of Persia and a Christian. He abandoned his religion when Yesdigerd launched a persecution of the Christians. When the king died, James repented of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
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 ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes