Would the Real Saint Nicholas Please Stand Up?

Saint Nicholas of Myra (+343) has gone down in legend in more ways than one. His general story is told in the reflection by...

Doctor and Mystic of the Assumption and Images: Saint John Damascene

John of Damascus was born around the year 675 or 676, into a cultural milieu which was rather intriguing. Although given much prominence in...

Joseph, the Very Type of the ‘Just Man’

“And her husband Joseph, being a just man…” How many times have we as Catholics heard these words of Scripture and experienced the meaning...

Saint Francis Xavier’s Missionary Wisdom

Francis Xavier was born on 7 April 1506, in the city of Javier, which in Basque language means “new house”, in the Kingdom of...

John of Damascus, the Last of the Eastern Fathers

Was there ever a golden age of Catholic and Islamic relations? The evidence for such is slim, with the two religions seemingly incompatible, but...

Xavier’s Fire For God and Souls

Saint Francis Xavier – the relic of whose forearm, instrumental in the baptizing of tens of thousands made a tour around Canada a  few...

Edmund Campion’s Optimism

Today we celebrate Saint Edmund Campion – see Avellina Ballestri’s fine recounting of his glorious life from the archives - one of the most...

The Commemoration of All Saints of the Seraphic order

The 29th of November is the liturgical memorial of Franciscan saints. Countless is the number of those who followed Jesus in the footsteps of...

Saint Andrew the Protoclete

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Wednesday, 14 June 2006 Andrew, the Protoclete Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last two catecheses we spoke about the figure of St Peter. Now,...

Andrew, the First Apostle, and a Man for All Ages

A blessed feast of Saint Andrew to all our readers! Yes, today, the last day of November, is when we celebrate the first Apostle...