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.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Seraphina was born in San Gimignano, Italy, to a poor family. She was known for her self denial and acts of penance as a young girl. A mysterious illness left this beautiful girl unattractive; her eyes, feet, and hands became deformed and eventually Seraphina was ... continue reading
Saint Christopher is one of the most popular, yet most enigmatic Catholic figures. He is considered a saint, although he is not in the official canon of the saints. He is listed as a martyr, possibly named Reprobus, who died under the Roman Emperor Decius, in 251 AD. ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes