Dominic and the Dogs of (Spiritual) War

(As Father Attard reminds us, this is the 8th centenary of the death of the great Saint Dominic, entering heaven on August 6th, 1221,...

Saint Cajetan, Founder of the Theatines

On this day we also honour Saint Gaetano Cajetan (1480-1547), not to be confused with the 'other' Cajetan, whose name was Thomas, a famed...

Pope Sixtus and Companions, Martyrs To the End

Historians count ten traditional persecutions of Christians in the early Church – from the first, under Nero, beginning in 63 A.D. through a series...

Hiroshima Transfigured

As well as being the feast of the Transfiguration, and the anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI, this day also has the...

Our Lady of the Snows: Santa Maria Maggiore

On August 5th, we celebrate the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the highest church in the hierarchy of churches dedicated to...

Saint Jean Vianney, a Priest for Priests

On this day, August 4th, in 1859, the world witnessed the quiet passing into eternity of a most remarkable man, a simple country priest,...

Three Eusebii

Names can be confusing in history, for significant figures often share the same name - There have been eighteen kings Louis in France; eight...

Saints Eusebius and Eymard

The Church commemorates two pastors today, separated by a millennium and a half: The fourth-century Eusebius of Vercelli (+371), the first bishop we know...

Ignatius and His Companions of Jesus

When we read the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), perhaps to our surprise, he seems to belong more to the early days...

Macron’s Praetorian, Mexicans and Moustaches

Emmanuel Macron's entire security detail - his personal praetorian guard, if you will - quit en masse rather than submit to his requirement that...