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Saint Polycarp, Early Bishop and Martyr, Remembered Feb. 23
Last edited 23rd February 2011

On Feb. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the life and martyrdom of St. Polycarp, a disciple of the apostle and evangelist St. John. Polycarp is celebrated on the same date by Eastern Orthodox Christians, who also honor him as a saint.

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Blessed Luigi Guanella will be Canonized on 23 October
Last edited 23rd February 2011

Blessed Luigi Guanella had a strong devotion to the poor and to the Sacred Heart, and was founder of the Congregation of the Servants of Charity and the Institute of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. He died on 25 October 1915, and will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on 23 October 2011.


Blessed Guido Maria Conforti will be Canonized on 23 October
Last edited 23rd February 2011

Blessed Guido Maria Conforti was born on March 30, 1865, at Ravadese in Italy. At the age of 17 he entered the seminary in his Diocese of Parmais, and as a priest, went on to found the Xaverian Missionaries. He will be canonized on 23 October 2011.


Pope to Canonize 3 New Saints in October
Last edited 23rd February 2011

Pope Benedict XVI will canonize 3 new Saints on 23 October 2011, including:

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Saint Peter Damian
Last edited 21st February 2011

St Peter Damian was a reforming monk in the circle of Pope Gregory VII and a cardinal. In 1823, he was declared a Doctor of the Church. We celebrate his feast day on 21 February.


Bonifacia Rodríguez will be Canonized on October 23
Last edited 23rd February 2011

Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro was born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1837. She was born to a family of artisans. In 1874 she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph along with her spiritual director, the Jesuit Francisco Javier Butinyà, in order to help working women. She will be canonized on October 23.


Key Players in the Passion of Christ - St Thomas
Last edited 19th April 2011

Every Monday during Lent and Easter, Xt3 explores the lives and legacies of the men and women who encountered  Jesus during his Passion. Today's key figure might be known as 'doubting Thomas' - but is truly an example of humility and faith.

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Key Players in the Passion of Christ - St Mary Magdalene
Last edited 14th April 2011

Every Monday during Lent, Xt3 explores the lives and legacies of the men and women who encountered  Jesus during his Passion. Today's key figure not only remained beside Jesus until his death, but was also a witness to his Resurrection - St Mary Magdalene.

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Key Players in the Passion of Christ - St Veronica
Last edited 25th March 2011

Every Monday during Lent, Xt3 explores the lives and legacies of the men and women who encountered  Jesus during his Passion. Today's key figure was given a very special gift from Jesus - an image of his face. Let's look at the story of St. Veronica!

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Key Players in the Passion of Christ - St Peter
Last edited 15th March 2011

Every Monday during Lent, Xt3 explores the lives and legacies of the men and women who encontered Jesus during his Passion. Today's key figure is St Peter - a man who denied Christ during his Passion, but went on to become the first Pope.

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