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Saints for Today: Martin de Porres, Religious (1579-1639)

Martin de Porres was a mulatto, the illegitimate son of a Spanish conquistador and a freed slave woman from Panama. Martin was trained as a physician, but he also possessed gifts of healing.

Saints For Today: John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005)

John Paul II was so unrestrainedly loved, not just among Catholics but also beyond the Church. This was attributable not only to his immense charisma but also to his instinctive gifts as a communicator.

Saints for Today: Margaret Mary Alacoque, Religious (1647-1690)

Feast Day: October 16 Margaret Mary was born into a middle class family in Burgundy, France. Her father died when she was nine years old and...

Saints for Today: John XXIII, Pope (1881-1963)

Feast Day: October 11 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers that lived in a village in Lombardy....

Saints for Today: Francis of Assisi, Religious (1181-1226)

Feast Day: October 4 Francis was born to a wealthy Umbrian cloth merchant’s family. He spent his early years in song, drink, and extravagance, going through...

Saints for Today: Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs (late 3rd c.)

Feast Day: September 26 Nothing is known of their lives except that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of Diocletian. A church erected on...

Saints for Today: Januarius, Bishop (late 3rd century)

Feast Day: September 19 Januarius was the bishop of Benevento, Italy, and was beheaded during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian (245-313). Those...

Saints for Today: The Most Holy Name of Mary

Feast Day: September 12 The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of...

Saints for Today: Teresa of Calcutta, Nun & Missionary (1910-1997)

Feast Day: September 5 Agnes Gonzha Bojaxhiu was born in what is now Macedonia. During her years in public school, she participated in Catholic sodality. Inspired...

Saints for Today: Augustine, Bishop & Doctor of the Church (354-430)

Feast Day: August 28 Augustine was one of the most distinguished theologians in the history of the Church and may have exercised more influence on the...

Saints for Today: John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)

Feast Day: August 19 John was born on a farm in northern France and at age fourteen, was educated by the Jesuits. He joined a community...

Saints for Today: Stephen of Hungary, King (977-1038)

Feast Day: August 16 Born at Esztergom, Hungary, Stephen was Hungary’s first Catholic king. The son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader....

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