• Zoe Laboure
• Catherine Labore
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.
2 May 1806 at Fain-les-Moûtiers, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France as Zoe Laboure
• 31 December 1876 at Enghien-Reuilly, France
• body incorrupt
• entombed in her convent chapel
27 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII
• pigeon fanciers
medals, pendants, holy cards, books
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.
• in Syria
• last pope born outside Europe until the ascension of Pope Francis
• elected on 11 February 731
• enthroned in March 731
28 November 741 of natural causes
• Dominic Gangala
• Giacomo della Marca
• Jacopo Gangala
• James della Marca
• James Gangala
• James of La Marca of Ancona
• James of Picenum
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.
1 September 1391 at Monteprandone, March of Ancona, Italy as Dominic Gangala
• 28 November 1476 at Naples, Italy
• buried at the church of Santa Maria Nuova, Naples
12 August 1624 by Pope Urban VIII
10 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
• Monteprandone, Italy
• Naples, Italy
• 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
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.
beheaded in early 4th century Sebaste, Armenia
Stephen the New
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.
714 at Constantinople
scourged, stoned and dragged to death through the streets of Constantinople in 764
• coin collectors, numismatists
Andrew Trong Van Tram
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
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.
c.1808 in Kim Long, Thùa Thiên, Vietnam
• 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
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
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.
c.1000 of natural causes
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.
c.1430 in Italy
1521 of natural causes
Sixth century abbot at Bangor, Ireland.
Fifth century senator. Husband of Saint Quieta with whom he was martyred.
5th century Dijon, France
Benedictine monk. Abbot and bishop of Saint-Claude, France.
c.775 of natural causes
29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
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.
16th century York, North Yorkshire, England
hanged on 28 November 1582 at York, North Yorkshire, England
29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)
c.303, probably in Sicily
Wife of Saint Hilary, with whom she was martyred.
5th century Dijon, France
Martyred with his entire household in the persecutions of Diocletian.
imperial Roman citizen
Sosthenes of Corinth
• 9 December (Byzantine calendar)
• 30 March (Eastern calendar)
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.
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
Nun. Spiritual student of Saint Nilus the Younger. Abbess.
980 near Rossano, Calabria, Italy of natural causes
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.
scourged, stoned and/or dragged to death through the streets of Constantinople in 764
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.
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.
361 at Tiberiopolis, Phyrgia (in modern Turkey)
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
• Our Lady of Kibeho
• Callen of Rogart
• Theodore of Rostov
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