Saint Bernard, Contemplatio in Actio

Today, the 20th of August, the universal Church celebrates “the man of the twelfth century”, St Bernard of Clairvaux. Born in 1090 in Fontaines, France,...

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux: The Mellifluous Doctor

GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 21 October 2009 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to talk about St Bernard of Clairvaux, called...

Saint John Eudes: Giving Our All

A contemporary of his fellow Frenchman Descartes, Saint John Eudes (+1680) was of quite a different mind and spirit. Rather that meditate on whether...

Saint Roch Against the Plague

August 16th, besides the public memorial of King Stephen of Hungary, is also the feast of a very popular mediaeval Saint, Roch of Montpellier,...

The First King of Hungary

Hungary is much in the news of late, with current leader Viktor Orban standing against the tsunami of insanity washing over the rest of...

John Paul II at Auschwitz: Lessons of Kolbe

APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND HOLY MASS AT THE CONCENTRATION CAMP HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II Auschwitz-Bierkenau, 7 June 1979   1. "This is the victory that overcomes...

Spes Aedificandi: Co-Patronesses of Europe

On the eve of this new millennium, Pope Saint John Paul II, on October 1st, 1999, the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, in...

Pontian, Hippolytus, Pope and Anti-Pope, Saints Together

An anti-Pope is someone who thinks they're the Pope - or at least who claims to be the Pope - when in reality they...

Jane Frances de Chantal and her Visitation

Jane Frances Fremiot (+1641) was a beautiful, refined young woman from Burgundy, betrothed to the handsome Baron de Chantal at 21 years old -...

Saint Clare of Assisi

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Hall Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Saint Clare of Assisi Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the best loved Saints is without a doubt St...