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ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA

FEBRUARY 22 is the traditional feast day of ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA (+1297). Margaret was born in Loviana, Tuscany in 1247. It was a time of renewal and revolt. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were new. There were always soldiers about due to the various local wars and international wars crisscrossing the Italian peninsula. Dante and Tho...

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SAINT SEVERIAN, BISHOP OF SCYTHOPOLIS

FEBRUARY 21 is the traditional memorial day of ST. SEVERIAN, BISHOP OF SCYTHOPOLIS (+453) St. Severian, was the bishop of a town in Galilee, now an area by the Palestinean-Israeli border. During his episcopate, the Monophysite heresy was rampant.. the heresy, established by Eutychius, insisted that Christ did not have the two natures of God a...

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SAINT VALENTINE

FEBRUARY 14 is the feast day of ST. VALENTINE (+269). How Valentine came to be associated with lovers and romance is a story of itself: According to some historians, it began with new rules from the emperor, Claudius II. It became illegal for young people to marry.The society was very permissive and living together openly or, even polygamy, w...

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SAINT JOHN OF MATHA

February 28th, 2016 2/28/2016 0 Comments FEBRUARY 8 is the traditional memorial of ST. JOHN OF MATHA (+1213). John was born of noble parentage in Provence in June, 1169. He was sent to Aix to learn grammar, fencing and horseback riding, the things expected of a nobleman in the Middle Ages. Being of a pious heart, John gave away m...

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POPE ANTERUS

Pope Pontian was arrested by the soldiers of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian in the early fall of 235. He was sent to his death in the mines of Sardinia along with Hippolytus, the writer and theologian, who had been his nemesis. Shortly before leaving, Pontian chose to keep the Church orderly by abdicating his position as the bishop of Rome on Se...

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SAINT ROMUALD

Picture FEBRUARY 7* is the traditional memorial of ST. ROMUALD (+1027). Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy, around 950. He was of the aristocratic Onestis. Romuald lived the standard self-indulgent life of the well-to-do until, at the age of 20, he was a second for his father in a duel over property. The other duelist was killed and Romuald ...

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SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

FEBRUARY 1 is the traditional memorial of ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (+c.107). Ignatius was born in Syria and was probably rather young when he converted to Christianity. St. Peter was the first bishop of Antioch, a town on the northeastern shore of the Mediterranean. Before leaving for Rome, Peter consecrated Ignatius the third bishop after ...

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POPE SAINT PONTIAN

The Liber Pontificalis is a book of information on the early popes, written in the fourth century. It is not always perfectly accurate and, as archeology reveals more information, new books are published with updated details. I try to get the newest data for these blogs. Like most of the bishops of Rome before Christianity...

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POPE SAINT VICTOR

Pope St Victor, son of Felix was born in Africa, in what is now known as Leptis Magna in Tunisia. His birth was probably in the second quarter of the second century. Nothing else is known of his younger years. Victor's reign showed many changes in the Church. Culture had begun to change in the Roman Empire. No longer was Greek the standar...

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FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS

DECEMBER 28 is the traditional feast day of THE HOLY INNOCENTS. Despite the horror of the murders of the baby boys of Bethlehem, the numbers quoted in the Middle Ages of 14,000 or more, is not a possible number, considering the size of the town. Modern historians put the number at 5 to 20 children. Still not a comfort to the families who lost...

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