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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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St. Titus of Crete

FEBRUARY 6 is the traditional memorial of ST. TITUS, BISHOP OF CRETE. Titus was a Greek native of Antioch, who was well trained in Greek philosophy and poetry. He was converted by Paul and served as Paul's interpreter and secretary, at first. As time went on, Titus became troubleshooter, peacemaker, administrator and missionary. Paul consecr...

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Isagara Project

If you do not believe in miracles, perhaps this story will convince you. In October of 2016, I met a Catholic seminarian from Uganda. I was at a Catholic seminar in the mountains of New Hampshire where the internet service was awful. The second day there, I received a Facebook friend request from someone I did not know, had no mutual fri...

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Pope Pelagius, Trying to Right Wrongs

The popes of the early Dark Ages had an uphill battle trying to do anything. Pelagius was no exception. Born, most likely, in the late 400s, Pelagius was the son of a noble Roman family. His father, John, was the vicar of one of two civil districts in Italy. Therefore, Pelagius would have been well versed in politics and, probably, law. As a ...

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