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POPE SAINT SIXTUS II

Pope Sixtus II was the twenty-fifth pope, counting from Saint Peter. He may have been Greek, but that is all we know of his youth. Sixtus was deacon under Pope Stephen. This was a difficult time. Those who had escaped death during the Decian persecutions had not always done so through luck. Some had bought certificates stating that they had don...

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POPE SAINT STEPHEN

A Roman by birth, Stephen's father was Jovius. after that we know nothing of Stephen until Liber Pontificalis, the ancient book of the popes, describes him as an archdeacon under Pope Lucius I. As Lucius assumed that he would be martyred, he appointed care of the Church into the hands of Stephen. Although there were no persecutions during...

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POPE SAINT LUCIUS I

Pope Lucius I, born somewhere around 200 AD, rulled only 253 days, from June 25, 253 to March 5, 254. He was a Roman, but other than his father's name, Porphyrianus, we know nothing more about his family or background. It is assumed that he was a member of the clergy under Cornelius. During the anti-Christian persecution of Gallus, the pr...

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SAINT EUPHRASIA

MARCH 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EUPHRASIA (+410). Husband and wife, Antigonus and Euphrasia, noble and of royal blood, were a young couple. He was in the employment of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. After the birth of their daughter, Euphrasia, the couple chose to live a chaste life and engage in acts of alms-giving and penance, ...

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FACEBOOK FRIEND

Dear Friend, I am fairly active on Facebook. I have friends and family all over the world. We chat, mostly about politics and religion. A few days ago, I received an entry addressing something that Pope Francis had stated a few days previous. According to this entry, Pope Francis had stated that a personal relationship with Jesus is not to be a...

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POPE SAINT CORNELIUS

Pope Fabian was martyred by the emperor Decius on January 20, 250. The persecuction of Christians was extreme for the next fourteen months, and the Chair of Peter remained vacant. About March, 251, the persecution lessened, probably because Decius was away, trying to fight his new rivals, the Goths. It was finally safe enough to assemble sixteen...

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SAINT JOHN OF GOD

MARCH 8 is the traditional feast day of St. John of God (+1550). The story of this saint's life has got to be the story of one of the most impulsive men ever to have lived. John was this way from a very young age. When he was only eight, an itinerant priest came to his village in Portugal. He was so impressed by the teaching that he ran...

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

MARCH 7 is the traditional feast day of ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (+1274), this being the anniversary of his death. However, in 1969, it was decided that since the date usually fell in Lent, they would change his feast day to January 28. However, we will discuss him today. Thomas was born of a moderately well to do family whose parents were Landulf...

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SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO

FEBRUARY 28 is the traditional memorial of SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO (+1309). It is celebrated by the Franciscan Tertiaries and Regulars on January 4, but in the United States on January 7. Although she died in 1309, she was not beatified until 1701, despite years of veneration. Pope Francis declared her a saint on October 9, 2013, by equivocal ...

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POPE SAINT FABIAN

As with so many of the other popes we have written about, the sources of information are few: The Liber Pontificalis, written by a number of unknowns over the centuries and compiled in the 1500s, and Eusebius' The History of the Church, written in the fourth century. All other sources are not complete or are written to enhance the images of ...

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