Honorius IV A grand-nephew of Honorius III, Giacomo Savelli was born c. 1210 in Rome and studied in Paris. Urban IV made him a cardinal in 1261. Savelli was elected pope in 1285 and took the name of his great-uncle. Although he favored mendicant orders, he condemned the Apostolics, who preached evangelical poverty, the year after his election. Persuaded by St. Raymond of Peńafort, Honorius encouraged the study of Oriental languages at the University of Paris in the hope that greater knowledge of them in the West would repair the schism with the Eastern Church and would facilitate the conversion of Jews and Arabs. He hoped also that Sicily would become a papal fief. Crippled by arthritis, Honorius died in 1287.
Peter, who was also known as Simon Peter of Cephas, is considered the first Pope. Despite his papacy, Peter had humble beginnings and became one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was ordained by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though he already had several benefices. He was ordained in 1445; concerned ... continue reading
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes