St. Alberto Hurtado, Chile’s champion of the poor, especially children, was honored by Pope Francis when the Holy Father visited his shrine on January 16. Father Hurtado was canonized on October 23, 2005, by Pope Benedict XVI, becoming his country’s second saint. 720 more words
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Venerable Patrick Peyton was known during his life for promoting family prayer with the phrase, “the family that prays together, stays together.” It is a basic truth, one that has been confirmed by countless families over the centuries. 341 more words
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed from January 18 through 25 in the Northern Hemisphere. Now, at the outset of that week, is a great time to reflect on the life of the woman whom St. 524 more words
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556 AD) and St. Philip Neri (1515-1595 AD) burnt into Saint Joseph Vaz (1651-1711 AD). St. Fr. Joseph Vaz is India’s son of the soil who went on to become the patron Saint of Sri Lanka. 1,319 more words
January 14 is the feast day of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, the first Indian lay martyr to be beatified.
Popularly known as Devasahayam (God’s help), he was born Nilakandan Pillai (1712-1752) into a Hindu family in the then Kingdom of Travancore (in the present district of Kanyakumari, in Tamil Nadu), southern India. 838 more words