On 29 August, the Catholic Church remembers the beheading of St. John the Baptist, who was killed bearing witness to the truth. Watch this video to reflect on the martyrdom of this great Saint!
On 27 August, we celebrate the feast of St. Monica, a mother who spent years of her life in prayer for the conversion on her wayward son. Her prayers were answered - and we now know her son as the great St. Augustine, whose feast day falls on 28 August! St. Monica is an example to all of us, proving that persistent prayer really does work.
On August 28, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of Saint Augustine of Hippo, the North African educator who became one of history's greatest teachers of the faith after his dramatic conversion. The story of Augustine's upbringing and conversion is well-known to many through his autobiographical “Confessions.” In that work, Augustine recounts his birth in 354 to his pagan father Patricius and Catholic mother Monica – later St. Monica – in the city of Tagaste.
On 29 August we commemorate the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, who was beheaded for defending the truth. Watch this video to reflect on his example.
On 25 August, we celebrate the feast of St. Louis of France, a King who lived in the 13th century. St. Louis was determined never to fall into mortal sin - a great example for all of us. Watch this video for more.
On 24 August, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of one of the 12 Apostles, St. Bartholomew... also known as Nathaniel. Watch this video to reflect on the legacy of this Apostle.
23 August is the feast of the first South American saint - Rose of Lima, who was also one of the Patrons of WYD Madrid. Watch this video to reflect on her life!
During WYD2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the patron of Spanish diocesan clergy will be named the 34th doctor of the Church. St. John of Avila -- not to be confused with St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila's partner in reforming the Carmelites -- is known as the Apostle of Andalusia.
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Pope Benedict XVI officially declared San Juan de Avila (St. John of Avila) a Doctor of the Church. The title is a recognition the Pope gives to certain saints considered great teachers of faith, whose teachings are still relevent regardless of time. Currently there are 33. Watch this video to find out more.
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