Pope Gregory XI Born Pierre Roger de Beaufort in 1329, Pope Gregory XI was the last Frenchman elected to the papacy and was the first pope to reside in Rome after popes had ruled from Avignon for 68 years. He began his career early: at 11, he was made canon of Rodez and Paris, and at 19, he was made a cardinal deacon by his uncle, Pope Clement VI. Gregory was ordained a priest after his election to the papal throne in 1370. Both St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Catherine of Siena urged Gregory to return to Rome. He entered the city in January of 1377, but he left again after a massacre led by his legate, Robert of Geneva (later Antipope Clement VII), at Cesena a month later. Gregory died of exhaustion in March, 1378.
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 readingMore Saint of the Day
Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the "cream" of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the ... 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
Ansgar was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia. He accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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