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Did you know Catherine of Siena was not a nun?

She looked like a nun. Images of Catherine of Siena show her wearing the habit of a moniale, or religious sister, of the Order of Preachers. 571 more words


Catherine of Siena: Drunk on the Blood of Christ

When Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire team asked me to write the companion prayer book for the Pivotal Players series, I welcomed the opportunity to get to write about some figures I knew well  — like Francis of Assisi — and get to know others with whom I was less familiar – like Michelangelo, who was actually quite a letter-writer and an intriguing poet. 1,150 more words

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5 Saints who consecrated themselves to Mary

Consecration to the Blessed Mother is an ancient practice, having roots that go back all the way to the very beginning of Christianity. However, it wasn’t until St Louis de Montfort in the 18th century that the practice became formalized and more popular. 895 more words


Saints Timothy and Maura, newlyweds martyred together

When Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin were canonized in 2015, the Catholic world was thrilled—finally a married couple canonized together!

But while they may have been the first to enjoy their canonization celebration together, they’re not by any stretch the first married saints. 798 more words


The bones of St. Nicholas still exude a mysterious oil, with a mixed reputation

Lent and Easter Sunday are past, but in some parts of the world, they’re already thinking about Advent and Christmas.

In Bari, on Italy’s southeast coast, the annual collection of an oil that oozes from the relics of St. 596 more words


Relics of Padre Pio to tour US

Relics of St Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be touring several archdioceses and dioceses in the United States between May 6 and May 21, and from September 16 to October 1, 2017. 122 more words