Pope Damasus: The Faith, the Bible and the Mass of All Time

We owe quite a lot to Pope Saint Damasus (305 - 384), who oversaw the universal Church during the tumultuous era of the lingering...

Juan Diego, Hidden Keeper of the Tilma

Amare nesciri - 'love to be unknown' - exhorted Saint Philip Neri (+1595), founder of the Oratorians, who himself was an unknown teenager in...

I am the Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate Conception These are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when the young saint asked the 'beautiful lady' who...
Pope St. John Paul II

Pope John Paul II’s Last Sermon on the Immaculate Conception

HOLY MASS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOGMA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II Solemnity of...

Pope Benedict and Saint Ambrose

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 24 October 2007   Saint Ambrose of Milan Dear Brothers and Sisters, Holy Bishop Ambrose - about whom I shall speak to you...

Where Might we Find Another Ambrose?

The great bishop and doctor Ambrose (340 - 397) is known for many things, not least his role in the conversion of the great...

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 follows below, but through the years...

Pope Benedict and Saint John Damascene

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 6 May 2009 John Damascene Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I should like to speak about John Damascene, a personage of prime...

John of Damascus, Defender of Icons and 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 and...

Edmund Campion’s English Optimism

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