On June 1, one day before 2011's celebration of the Ascension of Christ, the Catholic Church will honor the memory of the early Christian philosopher St. Justin Martyr. Justin was born around the year 100 and was brought up to follow the Greek pagan religion. However as a young man, Justin became interested in philosophy, which eventually lead him to Christianity.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. From an early age she was able to hear messages from Heaven, eventually leading her to form an army and save France from attack. Joan was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, her feast day falls on 30 May.
May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri, a man who lived in the 1500s. He thought about becoming a business man, but decided to devout himself to God's business instead - saving souls. Watch this video for more on his life and his very famous sense of humour!
The canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen moved a step closer yesterday as the official document outlining his cause – known as a “positio” - was presented to Pope Benedict XVI. “America is in need of a saint like Archbishop Sheen. He brought so many people closer to Christ during his life here on earth and continues to do so even today through his many writings, television and radio shows,” said Father Andrew Apostoli, Vice Postulator for the cause.
On 25 May the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Bede, whose holiness was so evident that he became known as Bede the Venerable. Find out more about this truly remarkable Saint, and his famous spiritual reflections on Our Lady, in this video.
The Catholic Church will celebrate the feast of St. Bede on May 25. The English priest, monk, and scholar is sometimes known as “the Venerable Bede” for his combination of personal holiness and intellectual brilliance. Visit this article to read his life story!
May 14 is the feast day of St. Matthias - a man who was not one of the original 12 Apostles, but assumed the place of Judas following the betrayal. Find out more about the life and holiness of St. Matthias in this video.
On Friday May 13, the documentary “Alexia” opens in Spain, a story about Alexia Gonzalez-Barros, a 14 year old Spanish girl who is being considered for beatification since 1993 for her faith, strength and joy with which she faced her illness. The film includes interviews with family, friends, teachers, doctors and priests that were close to her as well as several experts involved in her process of canonization.
Saint Damien of Molokai was a Roman Catholic Priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious order. He is recognised for his ministry to people with leprosy, who had been placed under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Moloka?i in the Kingdom of Hawai?i. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.
St. Josemaría Escrivá was a man with struggles and doubts, but, says the actor who portrays him in "There Be Dragons," the Spanish saint stayed committed to his calling and accessed "an extraordinary part of himself" - something that "we are, perhaps, all capable of doing."
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