The Last Visit of Scholastica and Benedict

Saint Scholastica (+543) was the sister - some sources say the twin - of Saint Benedict. Like her brother, she forsook everything to follow...

The Formidable Forgiveness of Josephine Bakhita

On this day in 1947, February 8th, Sister Josephine Bakhita completed the long and eventful journey of her life. Born around 1869 - she...

Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Pilgrimage to Heaven

Today, with Saint Josephine Bakhita, we also celebrate Saint Gerolamo - or Jerome - Emiliani (+1537), who ran away from his home in Venice...
Pope St. John Paul II

Homily at the Mass of Blessed Josephine Bakhita

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BENIN, UGANDA AND KHARTOUM (SUDAN) EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION IN HONOR OF BLESSED JOSEPHINE BAKHITA HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II Green Square, Khartoum (Sudan) Wednesday, 10 February 1993   "Come...

The Singing Martyrs of Nagasaki

Today is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion martyrs, put to death by crucifixion and impaling on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki,...

Saint Agatha the Good

Saint Agatha (+251) is counted amongst the most venerated of the 'virgin martyrs', one of the seven women whose name appears in the Canon...

Two Martyrs for One: Blaise and Ansgar

Saint Blaise, a bishop of ancient Sebastea (now in Turkey), was also a physician, like Saint Luke, a healer of body and soul. And,...

Saint Bridget of Ireland

Saint Bridget of Kildare (451 – 525), who lived a century after Saint Patrick (385 – 461), and a century before Saint Columbanus (543...

The Charismatic Saint John Bosco

The term 'charismatic' has an ambiguous meaning in the Church, invoking images of liturgical guitars, drums, emotional crescendos, and disconcerting glossolalia. In the Church's...

Thomas Aquinas: The Common and Universal Doctor

(This year marks the 701st anniversary of the canonization of Saint Thomas Aquinas, on July 18th, 1323, by the Avignon Pope, John XXII. Good...