Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Odilia of Alsace Read more

St. Odilia of Alsace

Odile of Alsace, also known as Odilia and Ottilia, born c. 662 - c. 720 at Mont Sainte-Odile, is a saint venerated in the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. She is a patroness saint of good eyesight and of the region of Alsace. Odile was the daughter of Etichon (also known as Athich, Adalrich or Aldaric), Duke of Alsace and founder of the Etichonid noble family. According to...
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St. Edburga of Thanet Read more

St. Edburga of Thanet

Edburga was a Benedictine abbess and disciple of St. Mildred. A member of the royal family of Kent, England, she succeeded St. Mildred as abbess of Minster, on the Isle of Thanet. She also conducted correspondence with St. Boniface, whom she met while on pilgrimage to Rome. A noted calligrapher, Edburga sent supplies to St. Boniface’s missions and built a church for her convent. ...
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Pope St. Damasus Read more

Pope St. Damasus

Pope St. Damasus I (306-384 A.D.) was born into a Christian family in Rome. He became a deacon and served at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Rome where his father served as priest. After the death of Pope Liberius, Damasus was elected Pope in the year 366 A.D. Violence broke out as a rival pope was also elected, and the two factions fought to enforce their candidate. Damasus was confirmed as...
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Pope St. Gregory III Read more

Pope St. Gregory III

Pope Gregory III (Latin: Gregorius III; died 28 November 741) was the bishop of Rome from 11 February 731 to his death. His pontificate, like that of his predecessor, was disturbed by Byzantine iconoclasm and the advance of the Lombards, in which he invoked the intervention of Charles Martel, although ultimately in vain. He was the last Pope to seek the consent of the Byzantine exarch of...
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St. Syrus of Pavia Read more

St. Syrus of Pavia

According to tradition, Syrus was the young boy who offered the five loaves and two fish when Jesus fed the multitude. As an adult he evangelized and served as first bishop of Pavia, Italy in the 1st century; tradition says that he was appointed by the Apostles. He worked with Saint Juventius of Pavia in the fight against Arianism. His feast is December 9.

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