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.
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... 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
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went to ... 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