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. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of ... 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
At 33 Ambrose had it all - a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the emperor, and a large estate. Then the bishop of Milan ... 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