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St Louis Guanella - Respector of Life, Saint of Society's Most Vulnerable
Last edited 26th October 2014

Saint Louis Guanella witnessed the ravages of poverty, illness and the neglect of the most vulnerable while growing up in the Southern Alps of Italy. He saw the handicapped and the elderly abandoned and underfed when mid-19th century society standards considered them useless and a burden. He was so filled with love for the marginalised that he devoted his life to serving them as a priest, and to founding two religious orders to carry out that work. We celebrate his feast day on 25 October.


St. Anthony Claret, Patron Saint of Catholic Press
Last edited 23rd October 2014

24 October is the feast day of St. Anthony Claret, who is known as the "spiritual father of Cuba", and was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He is also the Patron Saint of Catholic Press!

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St. John of Capistrano
Last edited 23rd October 2014

St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King Ladislas of Naples appointed him governor of Perugia. During a war with a neighboring town he was betrayed and imprisoned. St. John of Capistrano is the patron Saint of Jurists. We celebrate his feast day on 23 October.


Saint John Paul II - Feast Day 22 October
Last edited 21st October 2014

October 22 is the feast day of Pope John Paul II – and this year it marks his first as a canonised Saint. John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.

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Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Last edited 20th October 2014

As we celebrate the beatification of Pope Paul VI, let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to always show us the way to Jesus Christ and to continuously lead us to closer and close to Him each day of our lives. Blessed Pope Paul VI…Pray for Us.

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Paul VI, Author of Humanae Vitae, Beatified by Pope
Last edited 19th October 2014

It was a symbolic morning at the Vatican which was led by three Popes: Pope Francis declared Paul VI blessed, accompanied by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. In front of thousands of people, the Pope inscribed Paul VI in the Book of Saints: "We declare that the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI, Pope, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed...”


Reflections on the Beatification of Paul VI
Last edited 16th October 2014

On Sunday 19 October, the Extraordinary Synod on the Family will conclude in Rome with the beatification of Pope Paul VI - the pope who instituted the Synod of Bishops and the author of Humanae Vitae. In this video, Synod participants discuss the upcoming beatification of Pope Paul VI.


Pope's Message to Bishop of Avila on St. Teresa's Feast
Last edited 15th October 2014

Here is a translation of the Message that Pope Francis sent today to the Bishop of Avila, Spain, Jesus Garcia Burillo, on the occasion of the opening of the Teresian Jubilee Year for the 5th centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of the Church. The saint's liturgical Memorial is observed on October 15.


St Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church - Feast Day 15 October
Last edited 15th October 2014

October 15 marks the Feast Day of St Teresa of Avila, one of only three women to be declared a Doctor of the Church and to be honoured in this way.

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Open to the Holy Spirit - Feast Day of St. John XXIII
Last edited 12th October 2014

11 October was the feast day of the "Good Pope", St. John XXIII. The date also marks the beginning of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, which was convoked by John XXIII. Watch this video for a reflection this great Saint, and his confidence in a Church that is open to the Holy Spirit. Do we also have this faith and trust in the Holy Church?

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