On Dec. 3 the Roman Catholic Church honors St. Francis Xavier, one of the first Jesuits who went on to evangelize vast portions of Asia. Visit this article to read more about his early life, his path to finding God, and his zeal for evangelisation.
St. Edmund Campion was an English Jesuit priest who lived in the 16th century. While conducting an underground ministry in Protestant England, Campion was arrested, convicted of high treason, and was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Father Campion was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. His feast is celebrated on 1 December.
Today (30 November) is the feast of St. Andrew! To celebrate, listen to this catechesis by Pope Benedict XVI from 14 June 2006, in which he reflected on the Apostle Andrew. The Holy Father explained the meaning of his name, his role among the apostles and the story of his martyrdom.
On 30 November, the Church celebrates feast day of the Apostle Andrew - the brother of St. Peter. According to tradition, St. Andrew started the Eastern Catholic Churches. Watch this video to learn more about today's feast.
Michael, Raphael and Gabriel are the archangels of the Latin Catholic tradition. But according to Coptic Christians of Eritrea and the Jewish tradition, there is yet another one: archangel Uriel. Watch this video to find out more!
24 November 2011 marks Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is also the feast of Saints Andrew Dung-Lac & his Companions, who were 19th century Vietnamese martyrs. Watch this video to reflect on a prayer of thanksgiving for this feast day.
On 23 November the Church celebrates the feast day of the Blessed Miguel Pro, who was beatified by John Paul II in 1988. Miguel Pro was executed for being a witness to Christ - watch this video to learn more.
On Nov. 23 Roman Catholics remember the fourth Pope, St. Clement I, a disciple of the apostles who inherited the authority of St. Peter in the first century. Eastern Catholics celebrate his feast on Nov. 25.
The Diocese of Avila in Spain has begun collecting signatures for a petition declaring 2015, the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Jesus' birth, as a “Year of Prayer.”
Father Carl Lampert, an Austrian priest who was killed by the Nazis in 1944, was beatified in his native country on 13 November 2011. Pope Benedict XVI has praised his example - visit this article to read the Pope's words!
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