Monday, June 26, 2017

Trent Horn: Why Aren't You Catholic? - Catholic Answers Live - 06/26/17

Pope Francis: Don't be afraid to proclaim the Gospel message | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Don't be afraid to proclaim the Gospel message | Independent Catholic News: In his Angelus address today, to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis urged Christians not to be afraid to proclaim the Gosp...

St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, Roman Catholic Priest founded Opus Dei,

St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, Roman Catholic Priest founded Opus Dei, an institution within the Catholic Church dedicated to helping people in all walks of life to follow Christ, to seek holiness in their daily life and grow in love for God and their fellow men and women. In 1930, responding to a new illumination from God, he started Opus Dei's apostolic work with women, making clear that they had the same responsibility as men to serve society and the Church. Feastday: June 26

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

St Prosper of Reggio | Independent Catholic News

St Prosper of Reggio | Independent Catholic News: This fifth century bishop of Reggio in Italy, is not commemorated in the city's large cathedral, but in a small church tucked behind...

Daily Reading for Sunday, June 25th, 2017 HD

Friday, June 23, 2017

St Etheldreda | Independent Catholic News

St Etheldreda | Independent Catholic News: Nun and foundress. Etheldreda was a seventh century queen, the daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia. In her younger days she had tw...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Fortnight for Freedom: St. Thomas Garnet, SJ

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Fortnight for Freedom: St. Thomas Garnet, SJ: St. Thomas Garnet, SJ was an alumnus of the seminary in Valladolid, Spain: ST. Thomas GARNET SJ son of Richard Garnet, Confessor of the...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas Garnet: Exile, Return, and Execution

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas Garnet: Exile, Return, and Execution: From the Jesuits in Singapore  website : St. Thomas Garnet was born in 1574 at Southwark, England as the son of an Oxford don. Because Cat...

St. Thomas Garnet, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr,

St. Thomas Garnet, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, he was offered his life if he would take the oath, but he steadfastly refused, and was executed at the age of 32. Feastday June 23

Thursday, June 22, 2017

St Thomas More and St John Fisher | Independent Catholic News

St Thomas More and St John Fisher | Independent Catholic News: Both saints held high office in England but submitted to martyrdom rather than accept Henry VIII's claim to be head of the Church.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Last Days of St. John Fisher

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Last Days of St. John Fisher: Please watch this space for my blog post at the National Catholic Register on St John Fisher--and St. Thomas More--on the anniversary of ...

St. Alban was the first martyr of England, his own country (homeland).. What remained of Alban's relics were scattered in the time of the Dissolution

St. Alban was the first martyr of England, his own country (homeland).. What remained of Alban's relics were scattered in the time of the Dissolution

St. Alban was the first martyr of England, his own country (homeland).. What remained of Alban's relics were scattered in the time of the Dissolution

St. Alban was the first martyr of England, his own country (homeland).. What remained of Alban's relics were scattered in the time of the Dissolution

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

St Alban | Independent Catholic News

St Alban | Independent Catholic News: The first martyr of Britain. Saint Alban was a Romano-Briton, living in Verulamium (now the city of St Albans). During the persecuti...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Five Jesuit Martyrs; Victims of the Popish Plot

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Five Jesuit Martyrs; Victims of the Popish Plot: The Jesuits in Britain  website  gives some background to the Popish Plot, specifically how intra-Catholic conflict contributed to the ant...

Amoris Laetitia and the Four Last Things - Crisis Magazine

Amoris Laetitia and the Four Last Things - Crisis Magazine: Hell—St. Teresa of Avila told her nuns to mentally visit the inferno during life so they would not be imprisoned in it after death. St. John Vianney sighed because the saints, who were so pure, cultivated holy fear while “we, who so often offend the good God—we have no fears.” At last month’s Rome Life …

Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan. All burned alive with eight other Christians at Nagasaki Feastday June 20

St. Francis Pacheco, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and Japanese Martyr. Bl. Peter Rinshei, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan Bl. John Baptist Zola, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan. Bl. John Kinsako, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan Bl. Michael Tozo, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan Bl. Paul Shinsuki, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan. All burned alive with eight other Christians at Nagasaki Feastday June 20

Bls. John Fenwick & John Gavan Roman Catholic Jesuit Priests and English Martyrs. They were falsely charged with complicity in the Titus Qates Plot hysteria, and put to death at Tyburn with three Jesuit companions.

Bls. John Fenwick & John Gavan Roman Catholic Jesuit Priests and English Martyrs. They were falsely charged with complicity in the Titus Qates Plot hysteria, and put to death at Tyburn with three Jesuit companions.

St. Vincent Kaun, Roman Catholic Martyr of Japan.

St. Vincent Kaun, Roman Catholic Martyr of Japan. A native of Korea, he was brought to Japan in 1591 as a prisoner of war and was subsequently converted to Christianity. Entering the Jesuits, he studied at the Jesuit seminary of Arima and worked for three decades as a catechist in both Japan and China. Seized during the persecution of the Church, he was burned alive at Nagasaki with Blessed Francis Pacheco. Feastday June 20

Irish Catholic Martyrs

Irish Catholic Martyrs were dozens of people who have been sanctified in varying degrees for dying for their Roman Catholic faith between 1537 and 1714 in Ireland. Feastday June 20

Bl. Thomas Whitbread Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr,

Bl. Thomas Whitbread Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June20

Bl. Anthony Turner, Roman Catholic English Martyr, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 20

Bl. Anthony Turner, Roman Catholic English Martyr, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 20

Bl. Conor O’Devany, Roman Catholic Bishop and Irish Martyr

Bl. Conor O’Devany, Roman Catholic Bishop and Irish Martyr. Bishop O'Devany was taken by the English authorities to a scaffold in Dublin to be executed on a trumped-up charge of treason. Having been offered a pardon at his trial if he would deny his faith, he had answered that he was resolved to die in defense of the Catholic faith. On the way to the scaffold, the bishop said to a priest facing martyrdom together with him (Blessed Patrick O'Loughran), "Come, my brave comrade, noble soldier of Christ, let us imitate as best we can the death of him who was led to the slaughter as the sheep before the shearer." As the bishop passed through Dublin's streets, Catholics emerged from their homes to kneel in reverence to their prelate. Following Bishop O'Devany's execution, a paralytic who had crawled to the scaffold to venerate his body was instantaneously cured. Feastday June 20

The Demonic French Revolution

Catholic Martyredom - French revolution - Vendée 1793 - 250,000 Deaths.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pope Francis: Memory is essential for faith | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Memory is essential for faith | Independent Catholic News: On Sunday evening, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Roman Basilica of St John Lateran which was followed by a procession to the B...

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi 2017 | Independent Catholic News

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi 2017 | Independent Catholic News: Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, The words of the Gospel we have just heard contain a remarkable promise: ‘A...

Bl. Thomas Woodhouse, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr.

Bl. Thomas Woodhouse, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr. A resident of Lincolnshire, he received ordination as a secular priest and took up a post there. Forced to resign from this post, he became a tutor in Wales. He was arrested in 1561 for celebrating a Mass and was sent to Fleet Prison. During the period of his incarceration, which lasted twelve years, he entered the Society of Jesus Thomas was tried in 1570. He was hanged at Tyburn. Feastday June 19

Bl. Sebastian Newdigate, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Hemy VIII , Sebastian was executed with Blesseds William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore,

Bl. Sebastian Newdigate, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Hemy VIII , Sebastian was executed with Blesseds William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, condemned to death as traitors, and were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn Feastday June 19

Bl. Humphrey Middlemore, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr

Bl. Humphrey Middlemore, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 19

Bl. William Exmew, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Hemy VIII , William was executed with Blessed's Sebastian Newdigate and Humphrey Middlemore,

Bl. William Exmew, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Hemy VIII , William was executed with Blessed's Sebastian Newdigate and Humphrey Middlemore, condemned to death as traitors, and were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn . Feastday June 19

Corpus Christi: Church Fathers

A Storm is Coming, Be Not Afraid

The Final Confrontation b/w the Lord & Satan Will be Over Family & Marriage

French Revolution as a Type of End Times Part 1

Corpus Christi: Let the Whole World Tremble

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18th St Matt Talbot the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism.

June 18th St Matt Talbot the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Why the Odds Favor Islam - Crisis Magazine

Why the Odds Favor Islam - Crisis Magazine: On May 22, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated himself outside a pop concert in Manchester, England, killing and wounding dozens, many of them young children. The terrorist was a 22-year-old named Salman Abedi. A few days after the attack, I was reading an article about the mosque he attended—the Didsbury Mosque. “That’s funny,” I thought …

Why Sex Is for the Married Only

Gender Identity Confusion: Those Whom the gods Would Destroy, They First...

Sanctity of Marriage: We Are Left to Battle Paganism On Our Own

Friday, June 9, 2017

How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture - Crisis Magazine

How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture - Crisis Magazine: Editor’s note: The following essay is adapted from an address delivered August 6 at the Archdiocese of Toronto’s “Faith in the Public Square” symposium. In the beginning, Genesis tells us, “the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Gen 1:2). Creation begins in chaos. On each day of …

The Future of the West: Christian or Pagan? - Crisis Magazine

The Future of the West: Christian or Pagan? - Crisis Magazine: A friend of mine lives in one of Philadelphia’s comfortable suburbs. She and her husband are both attorneys. Both hold Ivy League degrees. Their community is nearly 90 percent white, rich in Quaker history, above average in education and income, and low in crime. People are friendly. Nights are quiet. Streets are clean and safe. …

Islam: A Christian Heresy Posing as a Post Christian Religion

Idolatry

HERE I AM LORD WITH LYRICS

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

St. Peter, Roman Catholic Priest and Spanish Martyr with others

St. Peter, Roman Catholic Priest and Spanish Martyr with Wallabonsus, Sabinian, Wistremundus, Habentius, and Jeremias. They were put to death in Cordoba at the order of Emir Abd al-Rahman II for preaching against Muhammad. Though most were beheaded, Jeremias was scourged to death. Feastday June 7

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bl. John Storey, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr,

Bl. John Storey, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr, executed at Tyburn by being hanged, drawn and quartered. Feastday June 1

Pope Francis: Hope carries us forward | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Hope carries us forward | Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope during today's General Audience with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Pe...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Why We Should Love the Virgin Mary: Pope Francis Minute

Bl. Margaret Pole, Roman Catholic English Martyr,

Bl. Margaret Pole, Roman Catholic English Martyr, imprisoned in the Tower of London for two years and then beheaded on May 28. She was never given a legal trial and was seventy years old when martyred. Feastday May 28

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bl. Peter Wright, Roman Catholic English Jesuit Martyr, put to death at Tyburn by Oliver Cromwell

Bl. Peter Wright, Roman Catholic English Jesuit Martyr, put to death at Tyburn by Oliver Cromwell

May 19th St Dunstan

May 19th

St Dunstan

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pope Francis: Each one of us is a story of God's love | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Each one of us is a story of God's love | Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope during his General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday...

St. Elgiva of Shaftesbury, Roman Catholic QueeN

St. Elgiva of Shaftesbury, Roman Catholic Queen and mother of Kings Edwy of the Saxons and Edgar, King of England, and wife of Edmund the First. She gave up public life and became a Benedictine nun at Shaftesbury.

The Fray - Love Don't Die

U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love

McFly - Love Is Easy

McFly - Love Is Easy

The Cure - Friday Im In Love

Righteous Brothers - Lost That Loving Feeling Lyrics

Bon Jovi - Thank You For Loving Me (Lyrics)

The Doors - Love Me Two Times

Foreigner - 'I Want To Know What Love Is' [Official Music Video]

A world without love - Peter and Gordon

The Seekers Love Is Kind Love Is Wine 1968 HD Wide Screen

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reflections on Love

Reflections on Love: If there is any topic more popular at Catholic Match than the essential differences between male and female, it is the definition and nature of Love. Is love a fancy or a feeling … oops! that's Hartley Coleridge, actually — but certainly the debate is energetic over whether love is a feeling or a decision. …

The Secret of True Love

The Secret of True Love: Is there anything in the modern world about which more has been written and said than about love? The term appears in so many places and in so many fo...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pope Francis reflects on Fatima | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis reflects on Fatima | Independent Catholic News: Following his pilgrimage to Fatima, Pope Francis said the Regina Coeli on Sunday, took on “a particular significance, imbued with ...

English Historical Fiction Authors: Lordship in the Tenth-century – What was its Polit...

English Historical Fiction Authors: Lordship in the Tenth-century – What was its Polit...: by Annie Whitehead “No man can make himself king, but the people have the choice to select as king whom they please, but after he is con...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pope: Christians are always on a journey towards God | Independent Catholic News

Pope: Christians are always on a journey towards God | Independent Catholic News: The life of every Christian is a journey and a process of deepening faith, Pope Francis said in his homily during Mass at Casa Santa...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The surprising connection between Our Lady of Fatima and Islam | Independent Catholic News

The surprising connection between Our Lady of Fatima and Islam | Independent Catholic News: As we approach the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, one aspect that often goes unnoticed is the subtle c...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. author Thomas Woods describes how and why the Catholic church gave Western Civilization some of its most integral and distinctive characteristics.

Ask someone today where Western Civilization originated, and he or she might say Greece or Rome. But what is the ultimate source of Western Civilization?



Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer: the Catholic Church.



Gifts such as modern science, free-market economics, art, music, and the idea of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods. No institution has done more to shape Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church - and in ways that many of us have forgotten or never known.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One thousand East Anglia pilgrims walk together at Walsingham | Independent Catholic News

One thousand East Anglia pilgrims walk together at Walsingham | Independent Catholic News: More than 1,000 people joined the annual Diocese of East Anglia pilgrimage to Walsingham on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1.The pi...

Nones prayers to mark 900th anniversary of Merton Priory | Independent Catholic News

Nones prayers to mark 900th anniversary of Merton Priory | Independent Catholic News: A number of churches around the country will be holding special prayer services this week to mark the 900th anniversary of the found...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Preparation for the Feast of the English Martyrs

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Preparation for the Feast of the English Martyrs: Although this Feast is only celebrated in the dioceses of England on the Fourth of May, I always highlight it here and with an interview o...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pope Francis: The Christian is a witness of obedience | Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: The Christian is a witness of obedience | Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis today reflected on the fact that being Christian is not a social status. Speaking during the homily at the Mass in the ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Carthusian Gardens: Cells and Horticulture

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Carthusian Gardens: Cells and Horticulture: Via Tea at Trianon : English Heritage describes how the Carthusians at Mount Grace Priory had gardens outside their cells: The garden of ...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Pilate's Wife and Her Dream

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Pilate's Wife and Her Dream: The Gospel according to St. Matthew contains a small detail not in the other Passion accounts. The wife of Pontius Pilate sends a message ...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Sarum Rite Holy Thursday: The Stripping of the Alt...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Sarum Rite Holy Thursday: The Stripping of the Alt...: As this blogger notes , the Sarum Use celebration of Holy Thursday is more solemn than the Latin Rite. As the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rit...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

11 April - Saint Stanislaw - Independent Catholic News

11 April - Saint Stanislaw - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and martyr. Patron saint of Poland. St Stanislaw was born in 1010 to a noble family in Szczepanow. After his ordination, he received a canonry in Krakow. In 1072 he was consecrated bishop and became a reformer, a tireless preacher and generous benefactor to the poor. At that time, the king, Boleslaw II, was abusing his power in many ways. O

Monday, April 10, 2017

10th April - Saint Beocca and Martyrs of Chertsey - Independent Catholic News

10th April - Saint Beocca and Martyrs of Chertsey - Independent Catholic News: Monks and martyrs of Chertsey in Surrey - now on the outskirts of London. They died when their monastery was ransacked by invading Danes in 870. Many other members of the community are said to have perished with them. Their memory has been kept alive in several chronicles. William of Malmesbury also wrote an account of them.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8th April - Saint Julia Billiart - Independent Catholic News

8th April - Saint Julia Billiart - Independent Catholic News: Nun and foundress. St Julia Billiart was born in Cuvilly, France in 1751. The fifth of seven children, she attended a little one room school. She enjoyed all subjects, but was particularly attracted to the religion lessons taught by the parish priest. Recognizing something 'special' in her, the priest secretly allowed her to make her First Communion at

Friday, April 7, 2017

7th April - Saint John Baptiste de la Salle - Independent Catholic News

7th April - Saint John Baptiste de la Salle - Independent Catholic News: Teacher and founder. St John was born at Rheims in France, in 1651 to a wealthy family. He was given a canonry as a young man. He trained for the priesthood at Saint Sulpice, In 1678 he became a priest, and could have continued living a rather relaxed life. Instead, he decided to devote himself to the education of poor boys. He gave up his canonry

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Walpole and Rawlins; Oldcorne and Ashley

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Walpole and Rawlins; Oldcorne and Ashley: Four martyrs on April 7: two in 1595 and two more in 1606: St. Henry Walpole, who is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales canonize...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Four Martyrs: One Canonized; Three Beatified

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Four Martyrs: One Canonized; Three Beatified: Four martyrs on April 7: two in 1595 and two more in 1606: St. Henry Walpole, who is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales canonized ...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

6th April - Saint William of Aebelholt - Independent Catholic News

6th April - Saint William of Aebelholt - Independent Catholic News: Augustinian abbot. Born in France in 1127, William of Aebelholt went on to become one of Denmark's most revered saints. His letters are a valuable source of information about the early church there. William was a canon in Paris when in 1171

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5th April - Saint Vincent Ferrer - Independent Catholic News

5th April - Saint Vincent Ferrer - Independent Catholic News: Friar. St Vincent Ferrer was born in Valencia in Spain, in 1357. His father was an Englishman, married to a Spanish lady. At the age of 18 he joined the Dominican friars and soon became known as a powerful preacher. In 1390, he accompanied Cardinal Pedro de Luna to France. When de Luna become Pope at Avignon in 1394, he summoned St Vincent and made him master of the papal palace. St Vincent made great

Pope: Think about how you wear the Cross - Independent Catholic News

Pope: Think about how you wear the Cross - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis said Christians should not wear the crucifix as an ornament of badge of belonging, but to look to Jesus on the Cross as He who died for our salvation. In his homily during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis said, in today's liturgical reading Jesus says to the Pharisees three time: 'You will die in your sins.' That's because their hearts were closed

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4th April - Saint Benedict the African - Independent Catholic News

4th April - Saint Benedict the African - Independent Catholic News: Laybrother. Born in Sicily in 1526, of African slave parents, St Benedict was freed by his owner at a young age. When he was 21 some Franciscan hermits saw him being publicly insulted because of his colour. They were impressed by the dignified and patient way he endured being taunted, and invited to join their group. In time he became their leader. When the group dispersed, in around 1564, he joined the Franciscan Friars at Palermo, as a laybrother, working in the kitchens.

Monday, April 3, 2017

3rd April - Saint Luigi Scrosoppi - Independent Catholic News

3rd April - Saint Luigi Scrosoppi - Independent Catholic News: Italian priest and founder of the Sisters of Providence. St Luigi was born on 4 August 1804, at Udine in Italy, the youngest of three sons of Domenico Scrosoppi, a jeweller and his wife Antonia Lazzarini. His brother Carlo was ordained when Luigi was six, and his brother Giovanni several years later. When he was 11 or 12 years old, Luigi's home region was struck by drought, famine, typhus, and smallpox in quick succession; the sight of such misery, complete poverty, and the number of orphans had a lasting effect on him.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. John Payne and His Pains

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. John Payne and His Pains: On April 2, 1582, Father John Payne , who had come to England with Father Cuthbert Mayne, to serve the Catholics of England, was martyred...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1st April 
 - Saint Hugh of Grenoble - Independent Catholic News

1st April 
 - Saint Hugh of Grenoble - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and monk. St Hugh was born in 1052, at Chateauneuf in France. He was the son of a knight called Odilo and educated at the cathedral school at Valence, where he became a canon. Hugh is said to have been very gifted, and good looking. He was also very shy. The bishop of Die, who was a papal legate made him his secretary. In 1080 he attended the Synod of Avignon which reviewed the

Tyburn Nuns purchase Foundress's house in France - Independent Catholic News

Tyburn Nuns purchase Foundress's house in France - Independent Catholic News: The Tyburn Nuns have bought the house in France where their foundress, Mother Marie-Adèle Garnier, was born in 1838. The purchase of the property in Grancey-le-Château, a Burgundy town in the Archdiocese of Dijon, was completed just months after the Cause for the Canonisation of Mother Marie-Adèle was opened. The nuns, whose Mother House in London is sited yards from the site of the execution of more than 100 Catholic martyrs of the Protestant Reformation, intend to install a chapel inside the house and to turn the property into a centre for pilgrimage..

Friday, March 31, 2017

31st March - Saint Acacius - Independent Catholic News

31st March - Saint Acacius - Independent Catholic News: Bishop of Antioch. According to legend, this 3rd century saint was so revered by his flock that they nicknamed him 'Agathangelus' which means 'The Good Angel'. When the Emperor Decius began persecuting Christians, it is said not a single Christian in his diocese denied their faith. In 261 a representative of Decius named Martian summoned the bishop for cross-examination. Acacius told him that all the Christians were loyal to the Emperor, but when he was asked to make a sacrifice to the gods he refused.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

30th March - Saint John Clemacus - Independent Catholic News

30th March - Saint John Clemacus - Independent Catholic News: Monk and Abbot of Mt Sinai. A seventh century Palestinian, St John was married as a young man. When his wife died he became a monk. He lived in a community for a short time and then became a hermit. He lived at Thole, coming to church with other Egyptian solitaries on Saturdays and Sundays, but spending the rest of the week alone. His name means ladder, and he wrote a book called the Ladder to Paradise, which deals with monastic spirituality, the vices and virtues of communal life and

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: A Great Book; A Tragic Story

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: A Great Book; A Tragic Story: When studying the long history of the English Reformation and its aftermath, one thought the student may have is, when so many priests an...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

29th March - Saints Gwynllyw and Gwladys; Saint Berthold of Carmel - Independent Catholic News

29th March - Saints Gwynllyw and Gwladys; Saint Berthold of Carmel - Independent Catholic News: These sixth century saints were the parents of St Cadoc, one of the early founders of monasticism in South Wales. They are also one of very few married couple to be canonised. Gwynllyw was a chieftain. His wife Gwladys also came from an aristocratic family. Much of their life was spent fighting neighbouring tribes, but their son Cadoc converted them to Christianity and they became devout followers of Christ.

Pope: 'to have faith is to live our lives with joy' - Independent Catholic News

Pope: 'to have faith is to live our lives with joy' - Independent Catholic News: In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Franci encouraged Christians to get on with things - living life with joy. He urged us to avoid complaining and not to allow oneself to paralyzed by the ugly sin of sloth. The Gospel story at the heart of Pope Francis' reflection tells of a man who had been ill for 38 years. He was lying at the side of the Bethesda

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blessed John Hambley, Pray for Us!

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blessed John Hambley, Pray for Us!: Just a reminder that I'll be on the Son Rise Morning Show during the EWTN hour this morning (5:00 to 6:00 a.m. Central Daylight Savin...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

28th March - Saint Tutilo - Independent Catholic News

28th March - Saint Tutilo - Independent Catholic News: Monk, and gifted musician. St Tutilo was an Irish monk who lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall in Switzerland. A good-humoured person of many talents, he was a poet, portrait painter, sculptor, orator, architect and mechanic. But his greatest talent was music. He could play all the instruments known to the monks. Together with his friend, Blessed Notker, he composed much church music and taught at the abbey school.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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27th March - Saint John of Egypt 
Saint John of Egypt - Independent Catholic News

27th March - 

Saint John of Egypt - Independent Catholic News: Hermit. Born in Asyut, Egypt, in 304, St John was a carpenter. When he was 25 he went out into the desert to pray and was to became one of the most famous hermits of his time. For ten years he was the disciple of an elderly hermit. St John called him his 'spiritual father.' After the older monk's death, St John spent four or five years in various monasteries. Finally, he found a cave high in the rocks. The area was quiet and protected from the desert sun and winds. He divided the cave into three parts: a living room, a work room and a little chapel. People in the area brought him food and other necessities.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

26th March - Saint Liudger - Independent Catholic News

26th March - Saint Liudger - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Frisian by birth, Liudger was one of the eighth century Anglo Saxon missionaries who evangelised parts of northern Europe. He studied under Boniface at Utrecht and Alcuin at York. He then began preaching in remote areas of Frisia where Charlemagne had gone ahead breaking up pagan shrines. In 777 he was ordained priest and built several churches. When the Saxons invaded the area they drove out the priests and sacked the new churches.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

25th March

 - Feast of the Annunciation - Independent Catholic News

25th March

 - Feast of the Annunciation - Independent Catholic News: In both the East and West, Mary is the most important of saints - although little is known of her life. St Matthew describes how, when the angel Gabriel came to her and said: 'Hail favoured one, the Lord is with you', she replied simply: 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be be done unto me according to your word.'

Friday, March 24, 2017

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24th March - Blessed Oscar Romero - Independent Catholic News

24th March - Blessed Oscar Romero - Independent Catholic News: Archbishop and martyr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero was born into a family of ten on 15 August in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. His father was in charge of the local telegraph office. When he was 14 years old, Oscar went to study at junior seminary. When his mother was ill and needed money for medicine, Oscar left the seminary for three months and worked in the gold mine in Potosí,

Pope: warns against becoming hard hearted 'Catholic atheists' - Independent Catholic News

Pope: warns against becoming hard hearted 'Catholic atheists' - Independent Catholic News: During his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis pointed out that when we turn away from God and are deaf to His Word, we become hard hearted, unfaithful or even 'Catholic atheists.' Reflecting on the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah the Pope said: 'When we do not stop to listen to the voice of the Lord we end up moving away, we turn away

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amazing Love: An Uplifting Roman Catholic Blog : "We Are Christ For One Another"

Amazing Love: An Uplifting Roman Catholic Blog : "We Are Christ For One Another": In Sunday's Homily, our priest spoke about a major goal of ours as Catholics: for everyone to go to Heaven.  Jesus Christ made the...

23rd March - Saint Toribio of Lima - Independent Catholic News

23rd March - Saint Toribio of Lima - Independent Catholic News: Reforming bishop. A patron of missionaries and South America. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrobejo was born in Mayorga, in Spain, in 1538. A law professor at the University of Salamanca, he was appointed chief judge of the Inquisition at Granada by King Philip II. He was still a layman, when in 1580, he was made a bishop and sent to work in Lima, Peru.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Silence of St. Nicholas Owen

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Silence of St. Nicholas Owen: St. Nicholas Owen, SJ, the Jesuit lay brother and carpenter extraordinaire, died under torture on March 22, 1606. The Jesuits in Britain ...

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Saint Nicholas Owen - Independent Catholic News

22nd March - 

Saint Nicholas Owen - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit lay-brother, martyr. There is no record of his family, birthplace, date of birth, or baptism. Nicholas had been a servant of the Society of Jesus and joined the order around 1580. At the execution of St Edmund Campion he openly declared him innocent and was imprisoned. After his release he served the priests Henry Garnett and John Gerard for eighteen years. He was captured again with with Fr John, escaped from the Tower, and helped the escape of Father Gerard.

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Saint Nicholas Owen - Independent Catholic News

22nd March - 

Saint Nicholas Owen - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit lay-brother, martyr. There is no record of his family, birthplace, date of birth, or baptism. Nicholas had been a servant of the Society of Jesus and joined the order around 1580. At the execution of St Edmund Campion he openly declared him innocent and was imprisoned. After his release he served the priests Henry Garnett and John Gerard for eighteen years. He was captured again with with Fr John, escaped from the Tower, and helped the escape of Father Gerard.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

21st March - Saint Enda - Independent Catholic News

21st March - Saint Enda - Independent Catholic News: Abbot. Born in Co Meath, during the 6th century, Enda was a boy soldier who became a monk. He was trained at St Ninian's monastery in Whithorn, Galloway and then returned to Drogheda and founded monastic communities in the Boyne valley, before settling in Inishmore in the Aran Islands. This became his base. Many monks came to to join him there including Ciaran of Clonmacnoise.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Book Review: The She-Apostle by Glyn Redworth

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Book Review: The She-Apostle by Glyn Redworth: Book Description by OUP: Before dawn one morning in June 1612, an elderly Frenchman took charge of a carriage carrying a precious cargo near...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blesseds Pilchard, Pike, and Flathers at Dorcheste...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blesseds Pilchard, Pike, and Flathers at Dorcheste...: Both of these priestly martyrs had been arrested and banished, but returned to England and suffered martyrdom when arrested again, one d...

Monday, March 20, 2017

20th March - Saint Cuthbert - Independent Catholic News

20th March - Saint Cuthbert - Independent Catholic News: Monk and bishop. Born in 634 on the tiny island of Farne, St Cuthbert was most likely a Northumbrian Englishman. As a young shepherd boy by Leader Water he saw a vision, Bede writes, of angels taking the soul of St Aiden to heaven. Later he became a monk under St Eata at Melrose. For years he undertook long journeys on horseback and on foot, ministering to the remotest parts of the country between Berwick and Galloway, and keeping the spirit of Christianity alive in them. In 664 he accompanied St Eata to Lindisfarne and extended his work south to Durham.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

19th March - 

Saint Joseph - Independent Catholic News

19th March - 

Saint Joseph - Independent Catholic News: Foster father of Jesus and husband of Our Lady. Patron saint of families, homes, hospices, manual workers, especially carpenters, and those who desire a happy death. All that is known of St Joseph for certain is in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. He came from the house of David but his trade as a carpenter shows that he was not rich. He was betrothed to Mary and worried when he learnt that she was pregnant, until an angel came to him in a dream.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Pope Clement XI, RIP

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Pope Clement XI, RIP: Pope Clement XI, born Giovanni Francesco Albani on the 23rd of July in 1639, died on the 19th of March in 1721. His papacy began on the 23...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

18th March - Saint Edward the Martyr - Independent Catholic News

18th March - Saint Edward the Martyr - Independent Catholic News: King. Edward was born in 862, the son of the English King Edgar and his first wife. He succeeded his father in 965. Three years later, when he was just 15 or 16, he was assassinated at Corfe in Dorset, in 978 and quietly buried at Wareham. It is said that he was on his way to visit his half brother Etheldred, when he was set upon by Etheldred's retainers and stabbed before he could dismount from his horse.

18th March - Saint Edward the Martyr - Independent Catholic News

18th March - Saint Edward the Martyr - Independent Catholic News: King. Edward was born in 862, the son of the English King Edgar and his first wife. He succeeded his father in 965. Three years later, when he was just 15 or 16, he was assassinated at Corfe in Dorset, in 978 and quietly buried at Wareham. It is said that he was on his way to visit his half brother Etheldred, when he was set upon by Etheldred's retainers and stabbed before he could dismount from his horse.

Friday, March 17, 2017

17th March
 - Saint Patrick - Independent Catholic News

17th March
 - Saint Patrick - Independent Catholic News: Fifth century bishop. Patron of Ireland. St Patrick was a Roman Briton, born somewhere on the west coast, between the Clyde and the Severn estuary. His father Calpurnius, was a civil official and a deacon. His grandfather was a priest. When Patrick was 16, he was captured by slave traders, and taken to Ireland where he was used as a herdsman, traditionally at Slemish in Antrim.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

16th March - Saint Fintan Lobur - Independent Catholic News

16th March - Saint Fintan Lobur - Independent Catholic News: St Finan was an Irish abbot who lived in the 6th century. Although of Munster descent he was born in Leinster. He is said to have suffered from a skin disease, possibly leprosy. He ruled over the monastery of Swords, north of Dublin, and possibly over Clonmore at the end of his life, where he was buried. In one of his few surviving quotes, he said: 'Most ignorant and of least account among the faithful, despised by many.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: From The Reformation to the Present Day

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: From The Reformation to the Present Day: AN Wilson reviews Roy Hattersley's The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Prese...

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15th March - Saint Louise de Marillac - Independent Catholic News

15th March - Saint Louise de Marillac - Independent Catholic News: Widow. Foundress of the Daughter of Charity. Born in 1591 to an aristocratic family, Louise was educated by nuns at Poissy. Her mother died when she was very young and her father died when she was 15. Louise married Anthony Le Gras and they lived happily together for 12 years and had one son. After her husband's death, Louise became involved with the work of St Vincent de Paul, who was organising groups of women into helping the poor and sick. He asked her to help train women in this work.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

14th March - Saint Matilda - Independent Catholic News

14th March - Saint Matilda - Independent Catholic News: Wife, mother and queen. St Matilda was born at Engern in Westphalia in 895. Married to the German King Henry I, the Fowler, she had five sons, including the Emperor Otto I and St Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne. Matilda was widowed at a young age and for 32 years and suffered ill-treatment from Otto. Another son Henry, who was called The Quarrelsome, also gave her a difficult time. Otto and Henry both complained that she was too generous to the poor.

English Historical Fiction Authors: The Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey

English Historical Fiction Authors: The Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey: by Mary F. Burns Nearly all the information is this post taken from a printed pamphlet displayed for public education in the Abbot’s Ki...

Monday, March 13, 2017

13th March - Saint Gerald of Mayo - Independent Catholic News

13th March - Saint Gerald of Mayo - Independent Catholic News: Abbot. St Gerald was an Englishman who became a monk at Lindisfarne in the 8th century. He then travelled to Inishbofin in Galway with St Colman of Lindisfarne and was later made abbot of the English part of the monastery at Mayo. The community became known as the Mayo of the Saxons. It flourished and was known as a great centre of study.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

12th March - Saint Paul Aurelian - Independent Catholic News

12th March - Saint Paul Aurelian - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Patron of Paul in Cornwall. He is also known as Saint Pol de Leon. According to his Life written by Wrmonoc, a 10th century monk from Landevennec, he was the son of a Welsh chieftain who was educated at the monastery of St Iltyd. He became a monk, and together with 12 companions migrated to Brittany where they built a number of churches and monasteries.

Ain't no mountain high enough... for Sisters in Latin America - Independent Catholic News

Ain't no mountain high enough... for Sisters in Latin America - Independent Catholic News: Religious Sisters are transforming communities across Latin America by travelling to isolated parishes that have not seen a priest for years. Mother Lorena told Aid to the Church in Need about the impact of the work being done by the Misioneras de Jesús Verbo y Víctima. When she started working in the parish of Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy, Paraguay three years ago some of its chapels had not seen a priest since 2013. Mother Lorena said that the parish is made up of nearly 100 chapels for 20,000 faithful living in scattered rural communities.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

11th March - Saint Oengus the Culdee - Independent Catholic News

11th March - Saint Oengus the Culdee - Independent Catholic News: Monk and writer. Oengus was the author of the earliest Irish Martyrology, called the Felire. Born of a royal Ulster family, he was educated at the monastery of Clonenagh (Co Laois). He lived as a hermit at Disertbeagh where he practised a life of austerity, reading the psalter daily while submersed in cold water, fasting and many genuflections. In later life he joined the monastery of Tallacht near Dublin.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads II: Blessed Thomas Atkinson

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads II: Blessed Thomas Atkinson: Coming the day after St. John Ogilvie's feast, and with another connection to the Rosary, I wanted to highlight Blessed Thomas Atkinso...

Friday, March 10, 2017

9th March - Saint Dominic Savio - Independent Catholic News

9th March - Saint Dominic Savio - Independent Catholic News: Child saint. St Dominic was born in 1842 at Riva near Turin. He was one of ten children - his father was a blacksmith and his mother a seamstress. At the age of twelve he joined the school of St John Bosco where it is said he developed a spirituality well beyond his years. Under John Bosco's guidance he managed to avoid becoming a prig or a fanatic. He was known for his cheerfulness and friendliness to all. People would come to him for advice.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads: St. John Ogilvie

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads: St. John Ogilvie: In honor of St. John Ogilvie, SJ, I'll be on the Son Rise Morning today and tomorrow with Annie Mitchell to discuss the life and death...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads: St. John Ogilvie

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Martyr's Beads: St. John Ogilvie: In honor of St. John Ogilvie, SJ, I'll be on the Son Rise Morning today and tomorrow with Annie Mitchell to discuss the life and death...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Don't Forget: St. Ogilvie on EWTN Radio!

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Don't Forget: St. Ogilvie on EWTN Radio!: If you listen to EWTN Radio early in the morning, the Son Rise Morning Show has an hour broadcast from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. Central time/6:00...

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10 March - Saint John Ogilvie - Independent Catholic News

10 March - Saint John Ogilvie - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit priest and martyr. St John was born at Drum na Keith in Banffshire, Scotland, in 1580 and brought up as a Calvinist. His parents sent him to France for his education and at the age of 16 he decided to become a Catholic. He was received into the church at Louvaine and joined the Society of Jesus in 1599. For ten years he worked in Austria, He was then assigned to the French province and ordained in Paris in 1610. He longed to return to his native Scotland but had to wait until 1613 until he was granted permission.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7th March - Saints Perpetua and Felicity - Independent Catholic News

7th March - Saints Perpetua and Felicity - Independent Catholic News: Martyrs. Perpetua was a 22 year old married Christian woman who lived in Carthage during the first century. She had given birth to a son a few months before she was arrested for her faith, under the persecutions of Septimus Severus. A pregnant slave, Felicity, with her husband Revocatus and six other African Christian men were also arrested. The group were kept together in a house for several weeks, during which time Felicity had her baby.

Bl. John Larke - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Larke - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Larke, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He served as a pastor in Bishopgate, Woodford, Essex, and then Chelsea until his arrest for opposing the religious supremacy of King Henry VIII of England . He was executed at Tyburn with John Ireland and Jermyn Gardiner. Feastday Mar. 7

Bl. John Ireland - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Ireland - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Ireland, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. Chaplain to St. Thomas More. He became a pastor at Eltham, Kent, prior to his arrest for resisting the supremacy of King Henry VIII of England over the Church of England. Executed at Tyburn, he died with Blesseds Jermyn Gardiner and John Larke.Feastday Mar.7

Monday, March 6, 2017

6th March - Saints Baldred and Bilfrith - Independent Catholic News

6th March - Saints Baldred and Bilfrith - Independent Catholic News: Hermits. St Baldred lived during the 6th century in Northumberland, as a hermit, first at Tyningham and then on the Bass Rock. According to legend, it was thanks to his prayers that a dangerous reef was removed between the rock and the mainland. All that is left of it is St Baldred's Rock. The saint's supposed relics were discovered with those of St Bilfrith in the 11th century and removed to Durham.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

5th March - Saint Ciaran of Saighir - Independent Catholic News

5th March - Saint Ciaran of Saighir - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and monk. St Ciaran was born in West Cork in the 6th century. He came from an Ossory family. Ciaran went to Europe as a young man where he was baptised and ordained. He returned to Ossory and settled at Saighir near Birr in Co Offaly, first as a hermit, then later as the abbot of a large monastery. He may have been consecrated bishop by St Patrick. There are many legends about St Ciaran. He is said to have had great skills communicating with wild animals. A wolf, a badger and a fox helped him and his monks build their huts.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

4th March - Saint Casimir - Independent Catholic News

4th March - Saint Casimir - Independent Catholic News: Polish prince. Patron of Lithuania. St Casimir was the third son of King Casimir IV of Poland. Born in 1458, he was educated by John Dlugosz, canon of Krakow, the mediaeval capital of Poland. When Casimir was only 13 there was an attempt to place him on the throne of Hungary. This failed and he was banished to a castle outside the city. The court then tried to pressurise him into marrying a daughter of the Emperor Frederick II, but he refused, saying that he wanted to live a life of prayer and celibacy.

Friday, March 3, 2017

3rd March - Saint Katharine Drexel - Independent Catholic News

3rd March - Saint Katharine Drexel - Independent Catholic News: Nun and foundress. Katharine Drexel was the daughter of a millionaire banker. Born in Philadelphia in 1858, she had an excellent education and travelled widely. Her unusual family had their own railway car and were used to every luxury. But her mother also opened the door of their home to the poor three days each week and her father spent half an hour each evening in prayer. As a young woman Katherine nursed her stepmother through a three-year terminal illness.

Pope: The Christian is directed to follow Christ crucified - Independent Catholic News

Pope: The Christian is directed to follow Christ crucified - Independent Catholic News: The Christian is directed him to follow Christ crucified - not a disincarnate god - but God made flesh, Who bears in Himself the wounds of our brothers. That was the main message of Pope Francis in his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning. The invitation to be converted resounds strongly at the beginning of Lent. And the liturgy of the day, places this exhortation in the context of three realities: man, God, and the journey. The reality of man is that of choosing

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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2nd March - Saint Chad-
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Saint C: Bishop. St Chad was the first bishop of Mercia and Lindsay at Lichfield. Born in Northumbria in the 7th century, he was a pupil of St Aidan at Lindisfarne, who sent him to Ireland for part of his education. He later became abbot of Lastingham in Yorkshire, but was then called to be bishop of York. In 669 St Theodore of Canterbury judged him to have been irregularly consecrated. Chad accepted the decision and humbly went back to his monastery. Theodore was so impressed by his character he made him bishop of Mercia with his see at Lichfield.

Pope Francis: 'we do not go to heaven in a carriage' - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: 'we do not go to heaven in a carriage' - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis marked Ash Wednesday inviting the faithful to renew their hope in Christ's promises and their commitment to follow Him ever more closely. He was addressing the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly General Audience. Pointing out that on Ash Wednesday we enter the liturgical time of Lent, Pope Francis said this time of penitence and mortification is actually a journey of hope as it is directs us on the path towards Resurrection, and help us renew our Baptismal identity.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1st March - Saint David - Independent Catholic News

1st March - Saint David - Independent Catholic News: Monk. patron saint of Wales. Not a great deal is known about St David. The oldest written evidence about him come from Ireland, but there are legends about him as far afield as Brittany, Cornwall and Herefordshire. He was born some time in the 6th century, probably Henfynw in Cardiganshire. According to legend he was the son of a local chieftain and founded twelve monasteries from Croyland to Pembrokeshire.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bl. Mark Barkworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Mark Barkworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Mark Barkworth, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was the first English Benedictine martyr. With Father Richard Filcock he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday February 27

St. Anne Line - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Anne Line - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Anne Line, Roman Catholic Laywoman and English Martyr. She hid Catholic priests in a London safe house. In this endeavor she aided Jesuit Father John Gerard until her arrest. Anne was hanged at Tyburn.

27th February - Saint Gabriel Possenti - Independent Catholic News

27th February - Saint Gabriel Possenti - Independent Catholic News: Monk. Patron of young people. St Gabriel was born in 1838, a younger son of the governor of Assisi. He studied at the Jesuit college at Spoleto where he was known for his love of clothes, dancing and the theatre. He also had a great following among the ladies. Unfortunately he suffered from poor health. Twice, when he was taken seriously ill he decided to enter a religious order, but changed his mind when he felt

Sunday, February 26, 2017

26th February - Saint Porphyry of Gaza - Independent Catholic News

26th February - Saint Porphyry of Gaza - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Born in Salonica in 352, St Porphyry became a monk and lived in the Egyptian desert and the Jordan valley. After some years he developed a serious illness and decided to spend the last days of his life in Jerusalem, following in the steps of Jesus. When he first arrived he could barely walk he was so ill, but miraculously one day he experienced a complete recovery.

Saint Genesius of Rome is the Roman Catholic patron saint of comedians, ...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: PPS: Love for Quinquagesima Sunday

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: PPS: Love for Quinquagesima Sunday: From Blessed John Henry Newman's sermon on "Love, the One Thing Needful": Love, and love only, is the fulfilling of the Law...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

25th February - Saint Ethelbert of Kent - Independent Catholic News

25th February - Saint Ethelbert of Kent - Independent Catholic News: King. Born in 560, Ethelbert was the Anglo Saxon king who welcomed St Augustine and his monks when they arrived in Kent in 597. His wife Bertha, a Frankish princess, was already a Christian and he was soon converted. Although he embraced his faith with enthusiasm, unlike some of his contemporaries, he did not try to force his subjects to become Christians. Instead he gave the missionaries every help to peacefully

St. Walburga - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Walburga - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Walburga, Roman Catholic Virgin Nun and English missionary to the Frankish Empire. Feastday February 25

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Robert Southwell, SJ, Pray for Us!

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Robert Southwell, SJ, Pray for Us!: His story, from the Jesuits in Britain website : One of the forty English martyr saints, Robert Southwell is widely known for his poetr...

Monday, February 20, 2017

21st February - Saint Robert Southwell - Independent Catholic News

21st February - Saint Robert Southwell - Independent Catholic News: Martyr, Jesuit priest, poet. St Robert was born in Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, in 1561 and spent much of his childhood in Sussex. He studied at Douai and Paris and wanted to be a priest from his earliest youth. In 1578, when he was barely 17, he was admitted to the Jesuit novitiate in Rome. After his ordination in 1584 he was appointed prefect of studies at the English College.

Cardinal Nichols consecrates England & Wales to Immaculate Heart of Mary - Independent Catholic News

Cardinal Nichols consecrates England & Wales to Immaculate Heart of Mary - Independent Catholic News: On Saturday, 18 February, on the occasion of the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the centenary year of the apparitions, to Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the Act of Consecration, a modified version of the one used by Cardinal Griffin in the Abbey grounds in Walsingham on 16 July 1948, he said: 'To your Immaculate Heart, in this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, we re-consecrate ourselves in union not only with the Church, the Mystical Body of your Son, but also with

Pope: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation - Independent Catholic News

Pope: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation - Independent Catholic News: Sunday's Gospel is one of the Biblical passages that best expresses the Christian 'revolution,' Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the Angelus in St Peter's Square today. In the reading from Matthew's Gospel, describing part of the Sermon on the Mount, he said: 'Christ shows the path of true justice, through the law of love that overcomes that of retaliation, that is, 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'.' Jesus does not ask His disciples simply to bear evils patiently, but to return good for evil: 'Only in this way can the chains of evil be broken, and things can truly change.'

20th February - Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto - Independent Catholic News

20th February - Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto - Independent Catholic News: Child visionaries. Between 13 May and 13 October 1917, three children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, Portuguese shepherds from Aljustrel, saw apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. At that time, Europe was involved in an extremely bloody war. Portugal itself was in political turmoil, having overthrown its monarchy in 1910; the government disbanded religious organizations soon after.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

18th February - Saint Colman of Lindisfarne - Independent Catholic News

18th February - Saint Colman of Lindisfarne - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Born in Ireland, Colman became a monk at Iona and succeeded St Fintan as bishop of Lindisfarne. Bede gives a glowing account of Lindisfarne under Colman's rule, which took place from 661- 664. He emphasised the example of frugality and simplicity of living set by the bishop, and the complete devotion of the clergy to the work of preaching the Gospel and ministering to their people.

Friday, February 17, 2017

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17th February - The Seven Servite Founders - Independent Catholic News

17th February - The Seven Servite Founders - Independent Catholic News: In the year 1233, these seven men from some of the most prosperous families in Florence, set themselves up as hermits on Monte Senario, not far from the city. They had a great devotion to Our Lady. Their names were: Bonfilius Monaldi, John Bonaiuncta, Manettus dell Antella, Amadeus degli Amidei, Hugh Uguccione, Sosthenes Sostegno and Alexis Falconieri.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

15th February - Saint Claude de la Colombière - Independent Catholic News

15th February - Saint Claude de la Colombière - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit priest, missionary and ascetical writer. Claude was born in 1641 in Saint-Symphorien-d'Ozon, in the ancient Province of Dauphiné, the third child of the notary Bertrand de la Colombière and of Margaret Coindat. The family soon moved to the nearby city of Vienne, where he began his education, before attending the Jesuit school in Lyon for his secondary studies.In 1658, at the age of seventeen,

St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles - Independent Catholic News

St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles - Independent Catholic News: Today is the feast of St Valentine, traditionally the patron saint of courtship, engaged couples and happy marriages If you are a single Catholic of any age, and would like to make new friends or maybe meet someone special - you might just find them on one of these sites.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

14th February - St Valentine; Saints Cyril and Methodius
14th February - St Valentine; Saints Cyril and Methodius 
 - Independent Catholic News

14th February - St Valentine; Saints Cyril and Methodius

 - Independent Catholic News: ��Two early Christian martyrs called Valentine are listed on this day in the Roman Martyrology. One was a Roman priest, who died for his faith on the Flaminian Way under Claudius. The other was a bishop of Terni who was killed in Rome. Some historians believe they are the same person.��There is no evidence to link the tradition of sending Valentine cards with the saint. But according to legend, St Valentine sent a farewell message to

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bl. James Feun - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. James Feun - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. James Feun, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He refused to take the Oath of Supremacy and named a conspirator of a bogus assassination plot. was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday Feb.12

Saturday, February 11, 2017

11th February - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - Independent Catholic News

11th February - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - Independent Catholic News: On this day, more than one hundred and fifty years ago, a 14 year-old girl, Bernadette Soubirous, saw Our Lady in a cave on the banks of the River Gave, near Lourdes in southern France. Between 11 February and 16 July 1858, Bernadette was to experience a total of 18 apparitions. The 'young and beautiful lady' made various requests. One day she revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception.

Friday, February 10, 2017

10th February - Saint Scholastica - Independent Catholic News

10th February - Saint Scholastica - Independent Catholic News: First Benedictine nun. All that is known about St Scholastica comes from the Dialogues of Gregory the Great. She was the twin sister of St Benedict and they were devoted to each other. Her convent was Plombariola, about five miles from his monastery at Monte Cassino. They used to meet just once a year. On his last visit in 543, she asked him to stay longer to discuss the joys of heaven.

Pope: Without women there is no harmony in the world - Independent Catholic News

Pope: Without women there is no harmony in the world - Independent Catholic News: 'Without women, there is no harmony in the world.' That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. At the center of his reflection was the creation of woman, as told in Genesis. Men and women are not equal - one is not superior to the other. But it is the woman, and not the man, who brings that harmony which makes the world a beautiful place. Pope Francis was continuing his reflections on creation, the subject of the Readings for the past few days, taken from the Book of Genesis.

Japan: 'Samurai of Christ' beatified - Independent Catholic News

Japan: 'Samurai of Christ' beatified - Independent Catholic News: Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated Mass for the beatification of Justo Takayama Ukon at the hall of Osaka Castle on Tuesday, 7 February. The castle was once the headquarters of Ukon's persecutors. At the beginning of the Mass, Archbishop Takeo Okada of Tokyo petitioned that the Venerable Servant of God Justo Takayama Ukon be inscribed among the blessed. Cardinal Amato read an apostolic letter from Pope Francis during the ceremony.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jesuit Martyrs of Virginia (2/9/17)

9th February - Saint Teilo - Independent Catholic News

9th February - Saint Teilo - Independent Catholic News: Monk and bishop. St Teilo was an important church figure in 8th century Wales although little is known about his life. Many ancient churches were dedicated to him in Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire, where he was born, probably at Pennaly. He was a pupil of Dyfrig and Paul Aurelian and founded a monastery which was called the Familia Teliavi. During a great plague he went to Brittany for seven years, returning with Samson.

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick, Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim. Her convent was suppressed by Napoleon, who controlled the region. Soon afterward, she fell ill, and spent her remaining years bedridden. In this state of suffering, she received numerous visions, private revelations, and the mystical gift of the stigmata. feastday Feb 9

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

8th February - Saint Josephine Bakhita - Independent Catholic News

8th February - Saint Josephine Bakhita - Independent Catholic News: Nun. Also known as Madre Moretta. Born in the Sudan in 1869 to a wealthy family, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery. Sold and re-sold, she was bought by the Callisto Legnani, the Italian consul in Khartoum. and taken to Italy to become the nanny of a friend's daughter. They were both looked after by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Venice.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots: From the Eyewitness to History website , this report of the beheading of Mary Stuart, the deposed Queen of Scotland on February 8, 1587, 4...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bl. Pius IX - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Pius IX - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Pius IX, Roman Catholic Priest and Pope. The Pope defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning that Mary was conceived without original sin. The last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States, which fell completely to Italian nationalist armies by 1870 and were incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. Feastday February 7

7th February - Saint Colette; St Ronan - Independent Catholic News

7th February - Saint Colette; St Ronan - Independent Catholic News: Nun. Born in Corbie, France in 1381, Colette began to follow the Third Order Rule when she was 21. She became an anchoress, living in a small room whose only opening was a window into a church. After four years of prayer and penance she left her cell. With the approval and encouragement of the Pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St Clare in the 17 monasteries she established.

Monday, February 6, 2017

6th February - Paul Miki and Companions; Saint Dorothy - Independent Catholic News

6th February - Paul Miki and Companions; Saint Dorothy - Independent Catholic News: Paul Miki and Companions - Martyrs of Japan. St Francis Xavier brought Christianity to Japan in 1549. By the time he left a few years later, there were about 2,000 Christians there. The Christian community continued to grow. in the ensuing years. This angered the Emperor Hideyoshi who embarked on a brutal persecution of Christians and their families.

Pope Francis: 'Promote a culture of life' - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: 'Promote a culture of life' - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis has urged all believers to uphold and promoting a 'culture of life'. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus, the Holy Father marked Sunday's celebration in Italy of the 'Day for Life' with a call to join the Italian Bishops in promoting a culture of life in which 'no one is left alone.' 'Each life is sacred' Pope Francis said, let's pray together for those children who risk a pregnancy termination and for those who are nearing the end of life.... May no one be left alone and may love defend the sense of life.'

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Candlemas and St. Anne Line

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Candlemas and St. Anne Line: Please see my blog post for The National Catholic Register in which I first discuss the greatness of the Feast of the Presentation of ...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pope celebrates Mass on Candlemas, World Day for Consecrated Life - Independent Catholic News

Pope celebrates Mass on Candlemas, World Day for Consecrated Life - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis on Thursday celebrated Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The Mass also commemorated the World Day for Consecrated Life. On this day, the Church celebrates and prays for those who have consecrated their lives to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life participated in the Liturgy. The liturgical feast chosen for the commemoration celebrates the presentation of the newborn Jesus in the Temple by Joseph and Mary forty days after His birth,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pope prays for martyrs who don't make the news - Independent Catholic News

Pope prays for martyrs who don't make the news - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday morning in Casa Santa Marta, for 'today's martyrs', persecuted and imprisoned Christians, and for Churches which are not free to express the faith. With the understanding that 'a Church without martyrs is a Church without Jesus', the Pontiff stressed that these martyrs sustain the Church and carry her forward. Even when 'the media doesn't speak about them, because it is not news', today 'many Christians in the world today are blessed because they are persecuted, insulted, imprisoned just for carrying a cross or for confessing to Jesus

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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31st January - Saint John Bosco - Independent Catholic News

31st January - Saint John Bosco - Independent Catholic News: Founder of the Salesian Order. St John was born on 16 August 1815 in Piedmont, the youngest son of a peasant farmer who died when he was only two. His mother brought him up in extreme poverty. When he entered the seminary in 1831, his clothes and shoes were provided by charity. John was ordained in 1841. Originally he dreamed of becoming a foreign missionary,

Monday, January 30, 2017

30th January 
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30th January 
 - Saint Bathildis - Independent Catholic News: Queen, wife, mother and nun. This saint was a English woman whose life went from rags to riches. As a young girl, she was captured by pirates and sold as a slave to Erchinoald, who was in charge of the palace of the Frankish King, Clovis II. Bathildis was so beautiful and intelligent she attracted the attention of the king. They married and had three sons, each of whom in turn eventually became king.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

28th January - Saint Thomas Aquinas - Independent Catholic News

28th January - Saint Thomas Aquinas - Independent Catholic News: Dominican friar and theologian. St Thomas was born to a noble family at Rocca Secca near Aquino. He was educated from the age of five to thirteen at St Benedict's monastery at Monte Cassino. He then studied at the University of Naples for five years, where he met the Dominicans and decided to join their order. His family were so upset by this they imprisoned him for fifteen months in an effort to make him change his mind. They failed.

Friday, January 27, 2017

27 January - Saint Angela Merici - Independent Catholic News

27 January - Saint Angela Merici - Independent Catholic News: Founder of the Ursuline nuns. St Angela was born in 1474, at Desenzano on the shores of Lake Garda near Verona in Italy. Her parents died when she was very young. She became a Franciscan tertiary with several friends, and they devoted themselves to teaching poor children. In 1535 they dedicated themselves to this work under the patronage of St Ursula, although they took no vows and wore lay clothes.

Shocking UK prison suicide numbers demand government action - Independent Catholic News

Shocking UK prison suicide numbers demand government action - Independent Catholic News: Bishop Richard Moth has called on government to redouble its efforts on prison reform following today's report from the Ministry of Justice stating that suicides in prisons across England and Wales reached their highest ever number last year. Describing the 119 self-inflicted deaths, 37,784 self-harm incidents and 25,049 assault incidents as shocking and unacceptable, Bishop Moth said staff shortages and overcrowding were major contributing factors. Last year thousands of staff walked out in protest over health and safety concerns and a number of jails underwent serious disturbances.

Young Polish lay missionary murdered in Bolivia - Independent Catholic News

Young Polish lay missionary murdered in Bolivia - Independent Catholic News: A young Polish missionary has been murdered during an attack on a childcare centre run by Polish nuns in Cochabamba, central Bolivia. Helena Kmie�, 25, who was working with the Salvator Missionary Volunteers, was reportedly stabbed on Tuesday, and died of her wounds. According to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bolivian police have detained a number of suspects. Director Fr Adam Ziolkowski, said it appears robbers broke into the centre during the night and found Helena awake, 'she tried to defend herself and she was stabbed repeatedly' on her hands, arms and chest.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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26th January - Saint Paula
Saint Paula - Independent Catholic News

26th January - 

Saint Paula - Independent Catholic News: Widow. This early Christian saint came from the noblest of Roman families, the Scipios and Gracchis. She was happily married and had five children: four daughters, Blaesilla, Paulina, Eustochium, and Rufina and a son, Toxotius. Tragedy struck when she was only 32, when her husband and her daughter Rufina both died. After going through a long period of mourning, Paula found new purpose in life, when she met St Jerome. She became a Christian and devoted the rest of her life to caring for the poor and sick.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

25th January - Conversion of Saint Paul - Independent Catholic News

25th January - Conversion of Saint Paul - Independent Catholic News: Apostle of the Gentiles. This is one of the feast days celebrating the life of St Paul. Originally named Saul he was born a Jew in Tarsus. He grew to hate Christians because he believed they were perverting the truth of his his own faith. Saul was present at the stoning of the first martyr, St Stephen. After the body was removed Saul ravaged the church and went from house to house dragging out Christians and taking them to