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Blessed Marianne Cope One-Step Closer to Official Sainthood

Last edited 8th December 2011

Blessed Marianne Cope, a 19th century German Franciscan sister who ministered to Hawaiian lepers, has advanced towards official sainthood. On 6 December 2011, a Vatican congregation recognized a second miracle attributed to her intercession. Pope Benedict XVI’s approval is all that remains for her canonization to proceed!


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St. Ambrose - An Incredible Story

Last edited 7th December 2011

On 7 December we celebrate the feast day of St. Ambrose, a Saint who has an incredible life story. Watch this video to learn more about today's saint - a man who was baptised, ordained as a Priest, and consecrated as a Bishop in only one week!

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The Life of St. Ambrose - Feast Day 7 December

Last edited 6th December 2011

At 33 Ambrose had it all - a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the emperor, and a large estate. Then the bishop of Milan died. At this time, about 374, heresies threatened to destroy the Church. The bishop had supported the Arian heresy that argued against the divinity of Christ. Who would take his place - an Arian or a Catholic? Visit this article to read about the incredible story of St. Ambrose!

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Who was St. Nicholas? The True Story of Santa Claus

Last edited 5th December 2011

December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He was bishop of the city of Myra, in present day Turkey, where he died in the fourth century. Watch this video to learn about the real St. Nick!


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St. Francis Xavier's Missionary Zeal Remembered Dec. 3

Last edited 2nd December 2011

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.

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St. Edmund Campion and the English Martyrs - Feast Day 1 December

Last edited 1st December 2011

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.

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Who is Saint Andrew? According to Pope Benedict XVI...

Last edited 29th November 2011

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.

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Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle - 30 November

Last edited 29th November 2011

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.

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The Story of Uriel: The 'Forgotten' Archangel

Last edited 27th November 2011

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!

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Happy Thanksgiving! A Prayer for Today's Feast Day

Last edited 24th November 2011

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.

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