Gregory XII The last pope of the Western Schism, Angelo Correr was born in Venice c. 1325. Before his election to the throne of Peter as Gregory XII, he was the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople, a papal secretary, and the cardinal priest of San Marco. As a cardinal, he agreed before the election to resign if Antipope Benedict XIII also resigned or if the antipope died. He agreed to resign if the antipope negotiated the end of the schism. As the pope, he cancelled the meeting to resolve the schism and refused to step down after the Council of Pisa in 1409, which deposed both the Roman and Avignonese popes. In 1415, after the Council of Constance had deposed him, Gregory did resign and ended his days in 1417 as the cardinal bishop of Porto.
Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
St. Lydwine is the patroness of sickness Lydwine of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes