During the general audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on St. John of the Cross, a Spanish poet, mystic and reformer of the Carmelite religious family along with Teresa of Avila. The Pope said he serves an example of holiness for all Christians.
St. Claude was the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary - the woman to whom Jesus revelaed his Sacred Heart in the 1600s. We celebrate his feast day on 15 February.
Saints Cyril and Methodius were brothers, and are the Patron Saints of Europe. Learn more about their lives in this video.
Saint Valentine's Day is not celebrated as an official Catholic feast day - but it will always be a Catholic tradition. Who was St. Valentine? According to tradition, he is of one of the first bishops of Terni, who died as a martyr in the year 273 AD under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. His name is linked to many legends, the most famous being that St. Valentine was killed on February 14 for refusing to renounce Christianity and for having secretly celebrated the marriage of a young Christian and a pagan Legionnaire, despite a prohibition by Claudius II. Watch this video for more!
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.
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