Gelasius II Born in the kingdom of Naples, John of Gaeta entered Monte Cassino c. 1060 and became a cardinal in 1088. Urban II appointed him chancellor the following year, a post he held until his election to the papal throne in 1118. Shortly after being elected, Gelasius was attacked by Cencius III Frangipani and imprisoned. Unrest among the Romans caused Frangipani to release the pope, who fled to Gaeta when he heard that Henry V was on his way to Rome. When Gelasius refused to return and negotiate, Henry set up antipope Gregory VIII. Gelasius excommunicated emperor and antipope. Frangipani again attacked Gelasius when he tried to enter Rome in July of 1118. The pope fled to France, where he died early the following year at Cluny of pleurisy.
In 1565, the Vatican was looking for a secret agent. It was shortly after the Council of Trent and the pope wanted to get the decrees of the Council to all the European bishops. What would be a ... 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
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
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... 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