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 Peņafort, 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.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... 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
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes