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Saint Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers, Wives and Marriages
Last edited 27th August 2014

27 August is the feast day of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Next to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Monica is one of the best examples of Christian motherhood. For years, she prayed for the conversion of her only son. Her persistence was answered with abundant grace: Her son, Augustine, became a saint and a doctor of the Church. Monica was also a victim of domestic abuse by her alcoholic husband. She prayed for the conversion of her husband daily, and shortly before his death, he accepted the faith.


A Pope of the Poor - Feast Day of Pope St. Pius X
Last edited 20th August 2014

Pope Francis is not the first pope to be given the label 'the Pope of the poor'. St. Pius X was the second of 10 children and lived in poverty as a child. He elected pope in 1903 and quickly became known as the Pope of the poor. He was canonised in 1954, the Pope to be decalred a saint in 342 years. We celebrate his feast day on 21 August.

800,000 Watch as Pope Moves 124 Korean Martyrs Closer to Sainthood
Last edited 17th August 2014

Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance.


Pope Francis Beatifies 124 Korean Martyrs
Last edited 17th August 2014

It was one of the most anticipated events of the Pope's trip to South Korea: 124 martyrs were declared blesseds by Pope Francis, as the crowds cheered on. On 16 August 2014, more than 1million people filled the streets of Seoul to attend the Mass and beatification of Paul Yun-Ji-Chung and another 123 martyrs who were killed during the height of the country's religious persecution in the 18th and 19th century.


Feast Day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Auschwitz
Last edited 14th August 2014

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal for the escape. One of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: My wife! My children! I will never see them again! At this Maximilian Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place. His request was granted.


The Importance of Friendship: Feast of St. Clare, 11 August
Last edited 14th August 2014

Saint Clare of Assisi, born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint who one of the first followers and a good friend of St. Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life — the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman.


Seek the Truth - Feast Day of Edith Stein, 9 August
Last edited 11th August 2014

Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She died in Auschwitz as a martyr and was canonised by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1998. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is known for her passion for seeking the truth - which eventually led her to the Catholic Church. Watch this video for more.

Happy Feast Day to Australia's First Saint
Last edited 11th August 2014

8 August marks the feast day of Australia's first Saint... St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop. While most Australians know Mary MacKillop's name, many are unaware of exactly what she achieved in her lifetime nor why this humble but determined Melbourne born nun is set to become Australia's first-ever saint.


Francis is the First Jesuit Pope... But St. Ignatius of Loyola was the First Jesuit
Last edited 1st August 2014

Pope Francis is the most popular Jesuit in the world, but what exactly characterises his religious Order? The charism needs to be traced back to the founder of the Society of Jesus: St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day we celebrated on 31 July. Watch this video to learn more about the first Jesuit!

Feast Day of St. Martha - 29 July
Last edited 29th July 2014

Today is the feast day of one of Jesus' closest friends, Saint Martha. Martha often gets a bad rap because when Jesus visited her house, she complained that she was doing all the work while her sister Mary sat at his feet. A lot of us can identify with Martha, and the lesson that Jesus taught us through her is so important. We should take all our worries and put them into the hands of Jesus. Watch this video for more!

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