Honorius II Lamberto Scannabecki, who was pope from 1124 until 1130, was born near Imola in the province of Bologna. He was appointed cardinal bishop of Ostia in 1117 and played a role in negotiating the Concordat of Worms, which ended the lay investiture issue in Europe. When he was elected pope, he took the name Honorius, and he supported Lothair III's attempts to become king of Germany. Louis V of France made peace with the papacy, and the English court again allowed the pope to send legates. In 1128, Honorius blessed the rule of the Knights Templar. In spite of a wish to end Norman influence in northern Italy, Honorius was forced to recognize Roger II of Sicily as Duke of Apulia.
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
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... 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
Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama, joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent ... 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