Monday, March 31, 2014

St. Balbina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Balbina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Balbina, Roman Catholic Women Martyr, Patron of struma, scrofulous diseases. Balbina died for the faith and was buried on the Appian Way. Her relics were later enshrined in St. Balbina's Church on the Aventine. Feastday March 31

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Egypt: Four killed in Islamist attack on church on Independent Catholic News

Egypt: Four killed in Islamist attack on church on Independent Catholic News



Egypt: Four killed in Islamist attack on church

St. John Climacus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Climacus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John Climacus, Roman Catholic monk called “Climacus” from the title of his famous book, The Climax, or The Ladder of Perfection. Feastday March 30

Saturday, March 29, 2014

St. Berthold - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Berthold - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Berthold, Roman Catholic Priest and the founder of the Carmelite Order. Feastday March 29

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Fate Worse than Persecution

A Fate Worse than Persecution

Ten Ways Noah’s Ark Prefigured the Church

Ten Ways Noah’s Ark Prefigured the Church

St. Venturino of Bergamo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Venturino of Bergamo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Venturino of Bergamo, Roman Catholic Dominican Monk, known for helping to organize a crusade, at the behest of Pope Clement VI (r. 1342-1352), against the Turks who were then menacing Europe. Feastday March 28

Bl. James Claxton - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. James Claxton - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. James Claxton,  Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Isleworth. Feastday March 28

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

St. Margaret Clitherow - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Margaret Clitherow - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Margaret Clitherow, Roman Catholic English Martyr.  She married John Clitherow, a well-to-do grazier and butcher (to whom she bore two children), and a few years later entered the Catholic Church. Her zeal led her to harbor fugitive priests, for which she was arrested and imprisoned by hostile authorities. Recourse was had to every means in an attempt to make her deny her Faith, but the holy woman stood firm. Finally, she was condemned to be pressed to death on March 25, 1586. She was stretched out on the ground with a sharp rock on her back and crushed under a door over laden with unbearable weights. Her bones were broken and she died within fifteen minutes. The humanity and holiness of this servant of God can be readily glimpsed in her words to a friend when she learned of her condemnation: "The sheriffs have said that I am going to die this coming Friday; and I feel the weakness of my flesh which is troubled at this news, but my spirit rejoices greatly. For the love of God, pray for me and ask all good people to do likewise." Her feast day is March 26th.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

St. Dismas - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Dismas - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Dismas, the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary. Feastday March 25

Bl. James Bird - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. James Bird - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. James Bird, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He refused to take the Oath of Supremacy and was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Winchester. Feastday March 25

Bl. Emilian Kovch - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Emilian Kovch - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Emilian Kovch, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. Parish priest in 1922 at Peremyshliany, Ukraine, a village of 5,000, most of whom were Jewish. An active priest, he organized pilgrimages and youth groups, and welcomed poor and orphaned children of all faiths into his home.
When the Nazis invaded Ukraine, they began rounding up Jews. To save them, Father Emilian began baptizing them, and listing them as Christians. The Nazis were wise to this trick, and had prohibited it. Emilian continued, but was arrested by the Gestapo in December 1942. Deported to the Majdanek concentration camp in August 1943. There he ministered to prisoners, hearing confessions, and celebrating Mass when possible. Martyred in the ovens.
Feastday March 25

Monday, March 24, 2014

St. Hildelitba - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Hildelitba - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Hildelitba, Roman Catholic Benedictine abbess and supporter of Sts. Bede, Aldhelm, and Boniface. An Anglo Saxon princess, she became a nun at Chelles or Farmoutier. France, but was recalled by St. Erconwald to train her sister, Ethelburga, at Barking, England. Feastday March 24

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Italian nun knocks out judges on TV talent show on Independent Catholic News

Italian nun knocks out judges on TV talent show on Independent Catholic News

St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Roman Catholic Priest. Patron of Native rights; Latin American bishops and Peru. Feastday March 23

St. Rafqa - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Rafqa - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Rafqa, Roman Catholic Nun. St. Rafqa was sent with five other sisters to found a new monastery in Jrabta, Batroun in Lebanon. In 1899, she became blind and paralysis set in. Feastday March 23

Saturday, March 22, 2014

St. Callinica & Basilissa - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Callinica & Basilissa - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Callinica & Basilissa, Roman Catholic Women Martyrs of Galatia. Wealthy matrons, Callinica and Basilissa spent their fortunes bringing aid to the imprisoned Christians in their area. They were arrested for their generosity and slain. Feastday March 22

St. Nicholas Owen - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Nicholas Owen - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Nicholas Owen, Roman Catholic Jesuit lay brother and English Martyr. Died from vicious torture. Feastday March 22

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pope Francis: Place all your trust in the Lord on Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Place all your trust in the Lord on Independent Catholic News

St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello, Roman Catholic Nun founded the Congregation of the Benedictine Sisters of Providence. The guiding charism of her order is their focus on the education of young girls and confidence in and abandonment to God in the living out of their vows. Feastday March 21

Thursday, March 20, 2014

St. Alexandra and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Alexandra and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Alexandra and Companions,  Roman Catholic Women Martyrs. Christian women, Alexandra, Claudia, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliana, Euphemia, Theodosia, Derphuta, and her sister, were martyred in Amisus in Paphlagonia. The women were burned to death in the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Feastday March 20

St. Photina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Photina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online




St. Photina, Roman Catholic Martyr. Photiona was the Samaritan woman with whom Jesus spoke at the well as was recounted in the Gospel of St. John, chapter four. Deeply moved by the experience, she took to preaching the Gospel, received imprisonment, and was finally martyred at Carthage. Feastday March 20

St. John, Sergius, & Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John, Sergius, & Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John, Sergius, & Companions. Roman Catholic Monks who resided in the laura, or an eremetical monastery, of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem. They were martyred by a band of Arabs who devastated the community. One of the wounded monks, named Stephen, composed a poem in honor of the martyred and to commemorate the event. Feastday March 20

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bl. Peter Lieou - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Peter Lieou - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Peter Lieou, Roman Catholic Priest and CHinese Martyr. A Chinese native, he was converted to Catholicism and was consequently exiled to Mongolia in 1814. Permitted to return in 1827, he soon assisted the spread of Catholic missionary efforts and, during the persecution of Christianity by the Chinese government, managed to make his way into a prison where he gave comfort to Christian prisoners. He was caught and strangled. Feastday March 17

St. Patrick - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Patrick - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Patrick, Roman Catholic Priest and  bishop. He was born around 385 in Scotland, His parents were were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies. As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.
During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. Feastday March 17

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bl. John Amias - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Amias - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Amias, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. Hanged, drawn, and quartered at York with Blessed Robert Dalby, Feastday March 16

Bl. Robert Dalby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Robert Dalby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Robert Dalby, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. A Protestant minister before he converted to Catholicism and left England to become a priest. He was arrested and hanged, drawn, and quartered at York Feastday March 16