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Feast Day: September 21 One of the Twelve Apostles, this tax collector is called Matthew in one Gospel (Mt 9:9) and Levi in two others (Mk 2:14 and Lk 5:27). Scripture scholars believe they are … more
One of five sons in a prominent Tuscan family and the nephew of a pope, Robert was well-educated even before he became a Jesuit. After his ordination at Louvain, he taught there for seven years, … more
A Spanish missionary who is buried in California, Miguel Jose Serra was born on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. He entered the Franciscans in 1730, taking the name Junipero to honor an original … more
Feast Day: August 12 Benedetto Odescalchi was born to a wealthy merchant in Como, Italy. After serving as a cardinal and bishop of Novara, he was elected pope in 1676. He inherited an ongoing … more
Feast Day: July 31 Born in his family’s ancestral Basque castle, Inigo Lopez de Loyola was a page in Castile and a soldier wounded in battle before he experienced a personal conversion that has … more
Feast Day: July 13 Henry succeeded his father as duke of Bavaria in 975, was elected king of Germany in 1002, and was crowned holy Roman emperor by the pope in 1014. His chief concerns were … more
Feast Day: June 17 Emily was the only daughter of a French baron. At 15 she left school in Paris to become her widowed father’s companion in Gaillac. Despite his wishes, Emily would not marry, … more
Feast Day: June 8 A bitter dispute followed the 1140 election of William Fitzherbert as archbishop of York, England. Local Cistercian monks and others challenged the election, accusing William of … more
Feast Day: APRIL 28 Born near Milan, Italy, Gianna was one of 13 children in a deeply Catholic family. She wed Pietro Molla in 1955; they had three children while she continued to work as a … more
Feast Day: March 17 The patron of Ireland, this bishop was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He was a lonely shepherd for six years before … more
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