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. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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 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 ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes