On Feb. 14, the universal Church honors the brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodius, who are called the “Apostles of the Slavs” for their tireless work in spreading the Gospel throughout Eastern Europe in the ninth century. The late Pope John Paul II named the two brothers the patron saints of Europe along with fifth century monastic leader St. Benedict.
On 11 February, Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, marking the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous. Why does the Church consider this day an important feast? Find out in this video!
On Feb. 10, the Catholic Church will remember St. Scholastica, a nun who was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the "father of monasticism" in Western Europe. The siblings were born around 480 to a Roman noble family in Nursia, Italy. Scholastica seems to have devoted herself to God from her earliest youth, as the account of Benedict's life by Pope Gregory the Great mentions that his sister was "dedicated from her infancy to Our Lord."
Even in the midst of the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, St. Peter Canisius knew how to defend Catholic doctrine without launching personal attacks on those who disagreed, Pope Benedict XVI said. This great Saint knew how to "harmoniously combine fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect due to each person," visit this article to read more!
In 2002, the Diocese of Richmond opened the cause for the canonization of the Spanish Jesuit Martyrs of Virginia. In 1571, Fr. Segura and his seven companions were killed by hostile tribesmen at the St. Mary's mission sited on Virginia's Lower Peninsula, near the Chesapeake Bay - close to the spot where the English would permanently settle just thirty years later. Watch this video for more!
During the general audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St. Peter Canisius, a Jesuit priest who dedicated his life to theological training of priests. The Pope used him as an example to remind all clergy to be consistent with what they preach.
The sainthood process is a lengthy procedure. It's even longer and more complicated when you are dealing with the sainthood of a couple, like these two French intellectuals. Born into a Protestant family, Jacques Maritain and his wife, Raissa, a Russian Jewish émigré, converted to Catholicism, after studying the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Their sainthood would serve as an enduring example of a holy marriage.
One of the worst evils in our world is the trafficking of human beings. On 8 February the Church honours a woman who was kidnapped in the late 1800s at the age of 7, and sold as a slave. She became a brave and magnificent woman - and a great saint! Let us ask Saint Josephine Bakhita to intercede and protect slaves around the world.
On 7 February 1920, a 23 year-old American seminarian called Frank Parater, died while studying in Rome. This holy seminarian lived an humble life, and died a holy death - he is an example for all young people! Watch this video for more.
Saint Agatha of Sicily was born at Catania, Sicily, and she was martyred in approximately 251. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. We celebrate her feast day on 5 February.
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