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 Peñafort, 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.
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 readingMore Saint of the Day
There is very little known about St. Victoria. With her sister Anatolia, she refused importunate suitors. Both were imprisoned and starved by their suitors but persisted in refusing marriage. Anatolia was converted to Christianity and converted many in Picenum before ... 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
"I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came." Ephrem (or Eprhaim) the Syrian left us hundreds of hymns ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes