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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 […]

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 […]

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First Friday
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First Friday

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St. Charles Borromeo
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St. Charles Borromeo

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ABOUT fifty years after the Protestant Reformation had broken out, Our Lord raised up a mere youth to renew the face of His Church. In 1560 Charles Borromeo, then twenty-two years of age, was created cardinal, and by the side of his uncle, Pius IV, administered the affairs of the Holy See. His first care […]

All Souls Day
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All Souls Day

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THE Church teaches us that the souls of the just who have left this world soiled with the stain of venial sin remain for a time in a place of expiation, where they suffer such punishment as may be due to their offences. It is a matter of faith that these suffering souls are relieved […]

All Saints Day
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All Saints Day

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The Church pays, day by day, a special veneration to some one of the holy men and women who have helped to establish it by their blood, develop it by their labors, or edify it by their virtues. But, in addition to those whom the Church honors by special designation, or has inscribed in her […]

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Sts. Simon and Jude

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St. Simon was a simple Galilean, called by Our Lord to be one of the twelve pillars of His Church. Zelotes, “the zealot,” was the surname which he bore among the disciples. Armed with this zeal he went forth to the combat against unbelief and sin, and made conquest of many souls for His divine […]

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St. Anthony Mary Claret
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St. Anthony Mary Claret

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Anthony Mary Claret was a Catalan Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary, and was confessor of Isabella II of Spain.  Born in Sallent, Bages comarca, near Barcelona, on December 23, 1807, the son of a small woolen manufacturer. He received an elementary education in his native village, and at the age of twelve became a […]

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 […]

St. Paul of the Cross
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St. Paul of the Cross

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THE eighty-one years of this Saint’s life were modeled on the Passion of Jesus Christ. In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy took no notice of the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as “a rose sent from God.” A few years later, the vision […]

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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian
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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian

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Today is the Feast of St. Luke the evangelist. Luke was a native of Antioch and unlike the other New Testament writers, was not a Jew, but a Greek. When we look for Luke in the Scriptures, we first come across his Gospel, but from a historical perspective, his first mention is not in the […]

St. Ignatius of Antioch
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St. Ignatius of Antioch

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ST. IGNATIUS, Bishop of Antioch, was the disciple of St. John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part he desired to suffer with Christ, and to prove himself a perfect disciple. In the year 107, Trajan came to Antioch, and forced […]

St. Teresa of Avila
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St. Teresa of Avila

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When a child of seven years, Teresa ran away from her home at Avila in Spain, in the hope of being martyred by the Moors. Being brought back and asked the reason of her flight, she replied, “I want to see God, and I must die before I can see Him.”  She then began with […]

St. Callistus, Pope, Martyr
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St. Callistus, Pope, Martyr

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EARLY in the third century, Callistus, then a deacon, was intrusted by Pope St. Zephyrinus with the rule of the clergy, and set by him over the cemeteries of the Christians at Rome; and, at the death of Zephyrinus, Callistus, according to the Roman usage, succeeded to the Apostolic See. A decree is ascribed to […]

St. Denis and Companions
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St. Denis and Companions

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Bishop of Paris and martyr during the 3rd century.  Pope Fabian (236-250) sent Denis with other missionary bishops to Gaul to revive the faith there after the persecution of Decius.  They settled on the island in the Seine where now stands the cathedral of Notre Dame.  Many conversions followed thanks to his labors, and those […]

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