Thursday, July 20, 2017

St Kinga | Independent Catholic News

St Kinga | Independent Catholic News: Princess. St Kunigunde or Kinga, was born in 1226 in Hungary. Her family was distinguished for its political power as well as its ho...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sts. Justa and Rufina, Roman Catholic Virgins and Martyrs (Feast - July 19)

Sts. Justa and Rufina, Roman Catholic Virgins and Martyrs (Feast - July 19) These martyrs were two Christian women at Seville in Spain who maintained themselves by selling earthenware. Not to concur in idolatrous superstitions, they refused to sell vessels for the use of heathen ceremonies and when the worshipers broke up their stock-in-trade, Justa and Rufina retorted by overthrowing the image of a false goddess. Whereupon the people impeached them for their faith before the governor. The prefect, after they had boldly confessed Christ, commanded them to be stretched on the rack and their sides to be torn with hooks. An idol was placed near the rack with incense, that if they would offer sacrifice they should be released; but their fidelity was not to be shaken. Justa died on the rack; the judge ordered Rufina to be strangled, and their bodies to be burned. Feastday July 19

St Arsenius and St Mary MacKillop | Independent Catholic News

St Arsenius and St Mary MacKillop | Independent Catholic News: Fresco, Mount AthosMonk. Born in Rome, in 354, Arsenius is said to have been a deacon, and later a tutor to the Emperor Theodosi...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Church and State in Colonial British America

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Church and State in Colonial British America: The Eerdman's blog offers an excerpt from Mark A. Noll's book The Old Religion in a New World  about the development of religious ...