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Honored by Pope Francis, this priest is a patron of the poor, street children, and social workers

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


3 Families where both parents and children became saints

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


Meet the awe-inspiring patron saint of prayer for Christian unity

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


Quintodécimo Kaléndas Novémbris. Luna

Quintodécimo Kaléndas Novémbris.  Luna The Eighteenth Day of October. The Night of the Moon.

In Bithynia natális beáti Lucæ Evangelístæ, qui, multa passus pro Christi nómine, obiit Spíritu Sancto plenus.  887 more words


A Catholic Paramhansa: Meet India's St. Joseph Vaz

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


How St. Anthony the Abbot defeated the devil

St. Anthony the Abbot (sometimes called St. Anthony of Egypt or St. Anthony the Great), was inspired by the Gospels to sell all his possessions and live a life of solitude in the Egyptian desert. 420 more words


Meet Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, the first Indian martyr

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