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.
Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
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
In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) The protomartyr of the South Seas, St. Peter Chanel was born in 1803 at Clet in the diocese of Belley, France. His intelligence and ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes