Sweden’s Charitable Bibliophile Bridget

Before Sweden was known for ABBA and IKEA  – two exports not to everyone’s taste, even if billion-dollar brands – along with a soft,...

The Late, Great, Saint Augustine

On August 28th, we celebrate with great joy the feast day of St Augustine of Hippo, the great doctor of the Church. This fourth and...

Saint Rita’s Mission Impossible

A fitting thought on this vigil day of Pentecost is that nothing is impossible with God. Did not Christ promise that He would grant...

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...

Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Clarity of Mind and Soul

In the midst of the theological and cultural confusion in which our Church is mired, we could use a few more men with the...

Saint Joseph Calasanz, a Radical Reformer

We would be remiss if we did not at least remark on this day on the great Saint Joseph Calasanz (+1648), a zealous priest,...

Saint Anthony of Padua’s Enduring Popularity

On Sunday 13 2021 the universal Church, and particularly, the Franciscan Order, celebrate with great joy the feast of St Anthony of Padua. In the...

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 Leopold Mandić, Croatian Hero of the Confessional

On this Tuesday 12 May 2021, we celebrate the feast of St Leopold Mandić OFM Cap. (+1942). Who was this great and humble saint...

Saints Joachim and Anne: Grandparents of Jesus

(From our archives:) Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, The couple honoured by God (as they are His kinsmen) They have borne for us the...