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St. Francis Xavier
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St. Francis Xavier

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Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta was born in 1506 in Navarre, Spain.  As a young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, he was making a name for himself as a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Paris.  He had seemingly no higher aim, when St. Ignatius of Loyola won him to […]

Advent weekeday
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Advent weekeday

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First Sunday of Advent
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First Sunday of Advent

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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Rose Dushesne
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St. Rose Dushesne

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St. Rose Dushesne was born in Grenoble, France in 1769 and died in St. Charles, Missouri, 1852.   Scion of a prominent family, she joined the convent of the Visitation, without her family’s knowledge.  During the French Revolution her convent was suppressed, but in 1804 her community was incorporated into the Society of the Sacred Heart […]

St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury
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St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury

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ST. EDMUND left his home at Abingdon on Thames, England, a boy of twelve years old, to study at Oxford.  There he protected himself against many grievous temptations by a vow of chastity, and by espousing himself to Mary for life. He was soon called to active public life, and as treasurer of the diocese […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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Italian born, American saint (1850-1917). Sister Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier. She became the Superior of the House of Providence orphanage in Codogno, Italy where she taught, and drew a small community of women to live a religious way of life. […]

St. Josaphat
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St. Josaphat

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St. Josaphat Kuncevyc.  Martyr, born in the little town of Volodymyr in Lithuania (Volyn) in 1580 or — according to some writers — 1584; died at Vitebsk, Russia, 12 November, 1623. At the age of twenty-four (1604) he entered the Basilian monastery of the Trinity at Vilna. The fame of his virtues rapidly spread, and […]

St. Martin of Tours
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St. Martin of Tours

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WHEN a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One winter’s day, when stationed at Amiens, he met a beggar almost naked and frozen with cold. Having no money, he cut his cloak in […]

St. Andrew Avellino
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St. Andrew Avellino

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AFTER a holy youth, Lancelot Avellino was ordained priest at Naples. At the age of thirty-six he entered the Theatine Order, and took the name of Andrew, to show his love for the cross. For fifty years he was afflicted with a most painful rupture; yet he would never use a carriage. Once when he […]

St. Theodore Tyro, Martyr
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St. Theodore Tyro, Martyr

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ST. THEODORE was born of a noble family in the East, and enrolled while still a youth in the imperial army. Early in 306 the emperor put forth an edict requiring all Christians to offer sacrifice.  Theodore had just joined the legion and marched with them into Pontus, when he had to choose between apostasy […]

Dedication of the Lateran Bacilica in Rome.
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Dedication of the Lateran Bacilica in Rome.

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Dedicated in 324, AD, the Lateran Basilica is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major basilicas of Rome. It claims the title of ecumenical mother church (mother church of the whole inhabited world) among Catholics. As the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, containing the papal throne (Cathedra Romana), it […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Feast of the Holy Relics
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Feast of the Holy Relics

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PROTESTANTISM pretends to regard the veneration which the Church pays to the relics of the Saints as a sin, and contends that this pious practice is a remnant of paganism. The Council of Trent, on the contrary, has decided that the bodies of the martyrs and other Saints, who were living members of Jesus Christ […]

First Friday
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First Friday

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St. Willibrord
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St. Willibrord

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WILLIBRORD was born in Northumberland in 657, and when twenty years old went to Ireland, to study under St. Egbert; twelve years later, he felt drawn to convert the great pagan tribes who were hanging as a cloud over the north of Europe. He went to Rome for the blessing of the Pope, and with […]

St. Leonard
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St. Leonard

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LEONARD, one of the chief personages of the court of Clovis, and for whom this monarch had stood as sponsor in baptism, was so moved by the discourse and example of St. Remigius that he relinquished the world in order to lead a more perfect life. The Bishop of Rheims having trained Leonard to virtue, […]

St. Marcellus, the Centurion, Martyr
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St. Marcellus, the Centurion, Martyr

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THE birthday of the Emperor Maximian Herculeus, in the year 298, was celebrated with extraordinary feasting and solemnity. Marcellus, a Christian centurion or captain in the legion of Trajan, then posted in Spain, not to defile himself with taking part in those impious abominations, left his company, declaring aloud that he was a soldier of […]

St. Narcissus, Bishop
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St. Narcissus, Bishop

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ST. NARCISSUS was consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem about the year 180. He was already an old man, and God attested his merits by many miracles, which were long held in memory by the Christians of Jerusalem. One Holy Saturday in the church the faithful were in great trouble, because no oil could be found for […]

St. John Capistran (San Juan Capistrano)
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St. John Capistran (San Juan Capistrano)

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St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy, in 1385. His father had come to Naples under Louis of Anjou, hence he is supposed to have been of French blood, though some say he was of German origin. His father dying early, John owed his education to his mother. She had him at first instructed at […]

St. John Paul II
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St. John Paul II

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St. John Paul II.  Born Karol Józef Wojtya in Wadowice Poland, 18 May 1920.  Ordained a priest in 1946; a bishop in 1958, and elevated to the papacy in 1978.  Died in the Vatican, 2 April 2005 at the age of 84. As Pope, he made such a mark that he is often referred to […]

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