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St. Francis of Paula
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St. Francis of Paula

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AT the age of fifteen Francis left his poor home at Paula in Calabria, to live as a hermit in a cave by the sea-coast. In time disciples gathered round him, and with them, in 1436, he founded the “Minims,” so called to show that they were the least of monastic Orders. They observed a […]

Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI The Dating of the Last Supper The problem of dating Jesus’ Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic Gospels, on the one hand, […]

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
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Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

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THAT St. Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take this city under his particular care and inspection, which was then the capital of the East, and in which the faith took so early and so […]

Memorial of St. Severianus
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Memorial of St. Severianus

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IN the reign of Marcian and St. Pulcheria, the Council of Chalcedon, which condemned the Eutychian heresy, was received by St. Euthymius and by a great part of the monks of Palestine. But Theodosius, an ignorant Eutychian monk, and a man of a most tyrannical temper, under the protection of the Empress Eudoxia, widow of […]

St. Eucherius, Bishop
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St. Eucherius, Bishop

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THIS Saint was born at Orleans, of a very illustrious family. At his birth his parents dedicated him to God, and set him to study when he was but seven years old, resolving to omit nothing that could be done toward cultivating his mind or forming his heart His improvement in virtue kept pace with […]

St. Barbatus, Bishop
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St. Barbatus, Bishop

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ST. BARBATUS was born in the territory of Benevento in Italy, toward the end of the pontificate of St. Gregory the Great, in the beginning of the seventh century. His parents gave him a Christian education, and Barbatus in his youth laid the foundation of that eminent sanctity which recommends him to our veneration. The […]

The Common Declaration
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The Common Declaration

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February 12, 2016, Friday — Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba The Middle East — “We call upon the international community to act urgently in order to prevent the further expulsion of Christians from the Middle East.”—Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Common statement, issued today in Cuba, just a few minutes […]

St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
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St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

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ST. SIMEON was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to St. Joseph, and of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to St. Joseph and to the Blessed Virgin, and cousin to Our Saviour. We cannot doubt but that he was an early follower of Christ, and that he […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
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Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

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The Servite Order was founded in 1233 AD, when a group of cloth merchants of Florence, Italy, left their city, families and professions to retire outside the city on a mountain known as Monte Senario.  There they pursued a life of poverty and penance. In 1888 they were canonized by Pope Leo XIII. The seven […]

St. Flavian, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Flavian, Bishop, Martyr

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FLAVIAN was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 447. His short episcopate of two years was a time of conflict and persecution from the first. Chrysaphius, the emperor’s favorite, tried to extort a large sum of money from him on the occasion of his consecration. His fidelity in refusing this simoniacal betrayal of his trust brought […]

St. John de Britto, Martyr
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St. John de Britto, Martyr

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DON PEDRO II. of Portugal, when a child, had among his little pages a modest boy of rich and princely parents. Much had John de Britto—for so was he called—to bear from his careless-living companions, to whom his holy life was a reproach. A terrible illness made him turn for aid to St. Francis Xavier, […]

First Sunday of Lent
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First Sunday of Lent

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St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr
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St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr

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VALENTINE was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St.  Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with […]

St. Catherine of Ricci
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St. Catherine of Ricci

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ALEXANDRINA of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. At the age of thirteen she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic in the monastery of Prato, taking in religion the name of Catherine, after her patron and namesake of Siena. Her special attraction was to the Passion of Christ, in which she was […]

St. Benedict of Anian
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St. Benedict of Anian

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BENEDICT was the son of Aigulf, Governor of Languedoc, and was born about 750. In his early youth he served as cup-bearer to King Pepin and his son Charlemagne, enjoying under them great honors and possessions. Grace entered his soul at the age of twenty, and he resolved to seek the kingdom of God with […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Our Lady of Lourdes
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Our Lady of Lourdes

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In 1858 our Lady appeared eighteen times to St. Bernadette at Lourdes France.  Many miracles have been verified since the Blessed Virgin Mary’s first apparition on February 11th. Click here for more, including an audio.

St. Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum
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St. Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum

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ST. SEVERINUS, of a noble family in Burgundy, was educated in the Catholic faith, at a time when the Arian heresy reigned in that country. He forsook the world in his youth, and dedicated himself to God in the monastery of Agaunum, which then only consisted of scattered cells, till the Catholic King Sigismund built […]

Ash Wednesday.  Lent Begins.
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Ash Wednesday. Lent Begins.

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Man, drawn from the dust, must return to it.  All that he does meanwhile is but corruption and vanity, with the exception of what good he may achieve.  The good alone survives. Such are the truths which the Church wishes to engrave in the memory, but still more in the hearts of her children, by […]

St. Apollonia and the Martyrs of Alexandria
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St. Apollonia and the Martyrs of Alexandria

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AT Alexandria, in 249, the mob rose in savage fury against the Christians. Metras, an old man, perished first. His eyes were pierced with reeds, and he was stoned to death. A woman named Quinta was the next victim. She was led to a heathen temple and bidden worship. She replied by cursing the false […]

St. John of Matha
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St. John of Matha

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THE life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he had come into the world for no other end but to wash their feet. He […]

St. Jerome Emiliani
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St. Jerome Emiliani

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ST. JEROME EMILIANI was a member of one of the patrician families of Venice, and, like many other Saints, in early life a soldier. He was appointed governor of a fortress among the mountains of Treviso, and whilst bravely defending his post, was made prisoner by the enemy. In the misery of his dungeon he […]

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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