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Saint Catherine Laboure

Also known as

• Zoe Laboure
• Catherine Labore

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Ninth of eleven children born to a farm family, and from an early age Catherine felt a call to the religious life. Never learned to read or write. Forced to take over running the house at age eight after her mother died and her older sister joined the Sisters of Charity. Worked as a waitress in her uncle's cafe in Paris, France. Upon entering a hospital run by the Sisters of Charity she received a vision in which Saint Vincent de Paul told her that God wanted her to work with the sick, and she later joined the Order, taking the name Catherine.

On 18 July 1830 she had a vision of Our Lady who described to her a medal which she wished struck. On one side it has the image of Our Lady, and the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee"; on the other are the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Our Lady told Catherine that wearers of the medal would receive great graces, it has become known as the Miraculous Medal, and its wearing and devotion has spread worldwide. Miracles reported at her tomb.

Born

2 May 1806 at Fain-les-Moûtiers, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France as Zoe Laboure

Died

• 31 December 1876 at Enghien-Reuilly, France
• body incorrupt
• entombed in her convent chapel

Canonized

27 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII

Patronage

• pigeon fanciers
• pigeons

Storefront

medals, pendants, holy cards, books

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-catherine-laboure/


Pope Saint Gregory III

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Priest at Saint Crisogono Church in Rome, Italy; except that his father's name was John, nothing else is known about his life prior to being elected 90th pope by popular acclamation in 731. Noted for his learning and virtue. The beginning of his pontificate was troubled by the excesses of the iconoclasts. He called a synod in November 731 to condemn iconoclasm; iconoclast leaders responded by seizing papal territories and assets, and insisting on the ecclestiastical allegiance to the Patriarch of Constantinople. The end of Gregory's reign was troubled by the invasions of the Lombards, against these he sought the help of Charles Martel, establishing ties with the French crown that would echo for centuries. Gregory promoted the Church in northern Europe, supporting the missions of Saint Boniface in Germany and Saint Willibald in Bohemia, bestowed palliums on Egbert of York and Saint Tatwine of Canterbury, beautified Rome, and supported monasticism in general.

Born

• in Syria
• last pope born outside Europe until the ascension of Pope Francis

Papal Ascension

• elected on 11 February 731
• enthroned in March 731

Died

28 November 741 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-gregory-iii/


Saint James of the Marches

Also known as

• Dominic Gangala
• Giacomo della Marca
• Jacopo Gangala
• James della Marca
• James Gangala
• James of La Marca of Ancona
• James of Picenum

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Born poor. Doctor of Civil Law. Franciscan monk at age 22. Studied with Saint John of Capistrano. Disciple of Saint Bernadine of Siena. Tutor. Judge of sorcerers. Ordained in 1423. Preacher and evangelist throughout Central and Northern Europe, preaching every day for 40 years. Brought Blessed Bernardino of Feltre and Blessed Bernardino of Fosso into the Franciscans. Travelled and worked with Saint John Capistrano. Inquisitor in 1426, assigned to crush the heretical Fraticelli. Worked against the Bogomil heresy in Bosnia in 1432. Founded several monasteries in Bohemia, Hungary, and Austria. Chief almoner for the 1437 Crusade against the Turks. Worked at the Council of Florence in 1438 to re-unite the Eastern and Latin Churches. Papal legate in 1456. Preached against the Hussites in Austria and Hungary. The Dominican Inquisitors made him the subject of an inquiry in 1462 when they thought that one of his statements on the Precious Blood was heretical; Rome ordered the case to be put permanently on hold, and it was never settled. A skinny man who dressed in a tattered habit, he fasted every day until his health began to fail - and the pope ordered him to eat as a public service.

Born

1 September 1391 at Monteprandone, March of Ancona, Italy as Dominic Gangala

Died

• 28 November 1476 at Naples, Italy
• buried at the church of Santa Maria Nuova, Naples

Beatified

12 August 1624 by Pope Urban VIII

Canonized

10 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII

Patronage

• Monteprandone, Italy
• Naples, Italy

Representation

• priest holding in his right hand a chalice from which a snake is escaping
• chalice and serpent
• Franciscan holding a chalice and a veil
• Franciscan with a staff, castanets at his girdle, pointing to IHS

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-james-of-the-marches/


Saint Irenarcus

Also known as

Irenarco, Irénarque

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An official torturer and executioner who murdered Christians in the persecutions of Diocletian. He was so impressed by the courage and faith of his victims, the women in particular, that he converted. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in early 4th century Sebaste, Armenia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-irenarcus/


Saint Stephen the Younger

Also known as

Stephen the New

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Monk at the monastery of Saint Auxentius at age fifteen. Abbot of Saint Auxentius in 744. Retired in 756 to live as a hermit. Soon after, the iconoclast movement became very active in the area, led by Emperor Constantine Copronynus V. The emperor tried to enlist Stephen in the movement, but the holy hermit refused, and was exiled. Years later he returned, and to prove how important it was to respect icons and other religious art, Stephen went to the emperor, pulled out a coin that bore the emperor's likeness, threw it onto the floor, and stomped on it; as the emperor understood the importance of his own image, he imprisoned Stephen for 11 months. On his release, Stephen returned to the court and resumed the argument as though nothing has happened. He was ordered executed with more than 300 others who opposed iconoclasm.

Born

714 at Constantinople

Died

scourged, stoned and dragged to death through the streets of Constantinople in 764

Patronage

• coin collectors, numismatists
• smelters

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-the-younger/


Saint Anrê Tran Van Trông

Also known as

Andrew Trong Van Tram

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Raised Catholic, but he kept quiet about it in public. Lifelong layman. Career soldier and officer. Worked to help the missionaries of the Paris Foreign Mission Society. In 1834 authorities discovered Andrew's Catholicism; he was stripped of rank and imprisoned for the faith. He was given the opportunity to gain his freedom by renouncing Christianity; he declined. Martyr.

Born

c.1808 in Kim Long, Thùa Thiên, Vietnam

Died

• beheaded on 28 November 1835 in An Hòa, Quang Nam, Vietnam
• his mother knelt beside the executioner's block to catch his severed head as it fell

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anre-tran-van-trong/


Saint Simeon the Logothete

Also known as

Simeon Metaphrastes

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Logothete (secretary of state) to Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. Wrote history, prayers, letters, and collections of wisdom of Basil and Macarius of Egypt, but is most famous for his collection of legends and stories of the Byzantine saints similar to Blessed Jacopo de Voragine's The Golden Legend.

Died

c.1000 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simeon-the-logothete/


Blessed Calimerius of Montechiaro

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Dominican. Spent a long life preaching throughout Italy. When he was 90 years old and unable to climb into the pulpit, parishioners would left him into it so he could preach.

Born

c.1430 in Italy

Died

1521 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-calimerius-of-montechiaro/


Saint Fionnchu of Bangor

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Sixth century abbot at Bangor, Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fionnchu-of-bangor/


Saint Hilary of Dijon

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Fifth century senator. Husband of Saint Quieta with whom he was martyred.

Died

5th century Dijon, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hilary-of-dijon/


Saint Hippolytus of Saint-Claude

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Benedictine monk. Abbot and bishop of Saint-Claude, France.

Died

c.775 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hippolytus-of-saint-claude/


Blessed James Thompson

Also known as

James Hudson

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Educated at Cardinal Allen's college at Rheims, France. Ordained at Soissons, France. Returned to York, England to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution, using the name James Hudson. Imprisoned and executed for the crime of being a priest in England.

Born

16th century York, North Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged on 28 November 1582 at York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-thompson/


Saint Papius

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Martyr.

Died

c.303, probably in Sicily

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-papius/


Saint Quieta of Dijon

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Wife of Saint Hilary, with whom she was martyred.

Died

5th century Dijon, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quieta-of-dijon/


Saint Rufus

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Martyred with his entire household in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

imperial Roman citizen

Died

304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rufus/


Saint Sosthenes of Colophon

Also known as

Sosthenes of Corinth

Additional Memorials

• 9 December (Byzantine calendar)
• 30 March (Eastern calendar)

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First century leader of the synagogue at Corinth. Convert, led to the faith by Saint Paul the Apostle, and mentioned in the opening of the 1st Epistle to the Corinthians. First bishop of Colophon, Asia Minor. Martyr.

Readings

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. – 1st Corinthians 1:1-2

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sosthenes-of-colophon/


Blessed Theodora of Rossano

Also known as

Teodora

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Nun. Spiritual student of Saint Nilus the Younger. Abbess.

Died

980 near Rossano, Calabria, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-theodora-of-rossano/


Martyrs of Constantinople

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A group of over 300 Christians martyred during the persecutions of the Iconoclast emperors. We have a lot of information on Saint Stephen the Younger, but for the others we have nothing but seven of their names - Andrew, Auxentius, Basil, Gregor, John, Peter and Stefan.

Died

scourged, stoned and/or dragged to death through the streets of Constantinople in 764

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-constantinople-28-november/


Martyrs of North Africa

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A group of thirteen clerics killed or exiled in the persecutions of Arian Vandals in North Africa - Crescens, Crescentian, Cresconius, Eustace, Felix, Florentian, Habetdeum, Hortulanus, Mansuetus, Papinianus, Quodvultdeus, Urban and Valerian.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-north-africa-28-november/


Martyrs of Tiberiopolis

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A group of fourteen Christian laymen, deacons, priests and bishops who were martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate - Basil, Chariton, Comasios, Daniel, Etymasius, Hierotheos, John, Nicephorus, Peter, Sergius, Socrates, Theodore, Thomas and Timothy.

Died

361 at Tiberiopolis, Phyrgia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-tiberiopolis/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Ángel Francisco Bocos Hernández
Blessed Ángel Sastre Corporales
Blessed Antonio Hilario Delgado Vílchez
Blessed Antonio Meléndez Sánchez
Blessed Avelino Rodríguez Alonso
Blessed Balbino Villaroel y Villaroel
Blessed Benito Alcalde González
Blessed Bernardino Álvarez Melcón
Blessed Cándido Castán San José
Blessed Cecilio Vega Domínguez
Blessed Clemente Díez Sahagún
Blessed Clemente Rodríguez Tejerina
Blessed Daniel Gómez Lucas
Blessed Eduardo Bautista Jiménez
Blessed Eleuterio Prado Villaroel
Blessed Francisco Esteban Lacal
Blessed Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
Blessed Gregorio Escobar García
Blessed Isidoro Martínez Izquierdo
Blessed José Guerra Andrés
Blessed José Mora Velasco
Blessed José Peque Iglesias
Blessed José Prieto Fuentes
Blessed José Ruiz Cuesta
Blessed José Vega Riaño
Blessed Juan Alcalde y Alcalde
Blessed Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Blessed Juan Baldajos Pérez
Blessed Juan Herrero Arroyo
Blessed Juan Jesús Adradas Gonzalo
Blessed Juan José Caballero Rodríguez
Blessed Juan María Múgica Goiburu
Blessed Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Blessed Julián Plazaola Artola
Blessed Justo Fernández González
Blessed Justo Gil Pardo
Blessed Justo González Lorente
Blessed Lucinio Ruiz Valtierra
Blessed Luis Campos Górriz
Blessed Manuel álvarez Rego
Blessed Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
Blessed Marcelino Sánchez Fernández
Blessed Marcos Pérez Andrés
Blessed Pascual Aláez Medina
Blessed Pedro de Alcántara Bernalte Calzado
Blessed Pedro María Alcalde Negredo
Blessed Vicente Andrés Llop Gaya
Blessed Publio Rodríguez Moslares
Blessed Ramiro Frías García
Blessed Sabino Rodrigo Fierro
Blessed Samuel Pajares García
Blessed Senén García González
Blessed Serviliano Riaño Herrero
Blessed Vicente Blanco Guadilla


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Kibeho
• Callen of Rogart
• Theodore of Rostov


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