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POPE BONIFACE III

The story of Pope Boniface III is as much the history of the Byzantine Empire, at the time, as it is the story of a man who became pope. Boniface was the son of a Greek man, John Catadioce, but was born in the environs of Rome somewhere between 540 and 550 AD. He was ordained a deacon at some point and became known to Pope Gregory the Great. ...

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ST. JEAN BAPTISTE DE LA SALLE

One can say that evangelizers teach. They teach, in the context we are using, God, religion, the Holy Scriptures. It can also be said that teachers evangelize. They teach thinking processes, the bigger picture, how to coordinate one set of facts with another. Today’s evangelizer was a priest who evangelized people by teaching people. Jean Bap...

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Pope Sabinian, The Despised Pope

Sabinian was born in Biera, near Viterbo, in the central part of Italy, about 530 AD. His father’s name was Bonus, but other than that nothing is known of his youth. The first decade of his life was the beginning of a complex weather pattern which dictated Sabinian, the Church and, indeed, most of the northern hemisphere for several centuries. I...

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POPE ST. GREGORY I, THE FIRST MEDIEVAL POPE

Another man born in disastrous times who went on to be a pope is our subject today. Roman senator named Gordanius and a wealthy woman named Silvia were Gregory’s parents. Silvia’s great grandfather was Pope Felix III; her three aunts entered the convent; thus, the family home was very politically and religiously involved. The family lived on Ca...

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Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Evangelizer

Maria Francesca Cabrini stands next to Mother Teresa as the foremost evangelizing woman of the twentieth century. Yet few know much more about her than that she was the first American citizen canonized. Maria Francesca was the youngest of thirteen children born to wealthy cherry tree farmers, Agostino Cabrini and Stella Oldini. She was born ...

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SAINT PATRICK, EVANGELIZER OF IRELAND

For all the Irish, Irish-Americans, and those who are just proud of their religion, this story of a great evangelist is for you! We all know that Patrick came to Ireland and kicked out the snakes, but do you know the rest of the story, the part that is most important? Saint Patrick was born in a place which he identified as Bannavern Tabernea...

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

One could say that anyone who has anything interesting to say may be evangelizing for their interests. In the current case, we are going to look at the numerous people who have evangelized for the Roman Catholic Church. Many of these people, by way of their successes, have been proclaimed saints, blesseds and venerables of the Church. Evangel...

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POPE PELAGIUS II, THE SECOND OSTROGOTH POPE

Photo Credit: By Copyrighted by:Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls - Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall Born in Rome around 520, Pelagius was the son of Winigild, most likely an Ostrogoth. He succeeded Pope Benedict I months after the latter’s death. At that time, the Lombards from north of the Alps had gone as far as to blockade R...

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Pope Benedict I, Against The Lombards

Pope Benedict ruled just over four years during one of the most vicious, violent and disordered times in the Church’s history. A son of Rome, Benedict was called Bonosus by the Greeks. His father was named Bonifacius, but we know nothing further about him. In the seven years before Benedict came to the throne of Peter, northern Italy had bee...

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Pope John III, Saving Those He Could

John, born Catelinus, was the son of Anastasius, termed “illustris”, meaning that his father was a high ranking Roman Senator. As a young man, he was raised in Rome, seeing first hand all the difficulties of the time, the invasions and the political intrigue. John may have been the same “John” who made collections of extracts of the Greek Father...

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