Gregory XII The last pope of the Western Schism, Angelo Correr was born in Venice c. 1325. Before his election to the throne of Peter as Gregory XII, he was the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople, a papal secretary, and the cardinal priest of San Marco. As a cardinal, he agreed before the election to resign if Antipope Benedict XIII also resigned or if the antipope died. He agreed to resign if the antipope negotiated the end of the schism. As the pope, he cancelled the meeting to resolve the schism and refused to step down after the Council of Pisa in 1409, which deposed both the Roman and Avignonese popes. In 1415, after the Council of Constance had deposed him, Gregory did resign and ended his days in 1417 as the cardinal bishop of Porto.
Blessed Rose was born at Viterbo in 1656, the daughter of Godfrey Venerini, a physician. Upon the death of a young man who had been paying court to her, she entered a convent, but after a few months ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... 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
Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 near Limoges in France. He became an extremely skillful metalsmith and was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius ... 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