|Feast of the The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica|
The oldest and first in rank of the four basilicas of Rome, Italy. The name is derived from the Laterani family, on the site of whose palace the basilica stands. Constantine presented this palace to the Church. Its annual celebration throughout the Latin Church is a sign of love and unity with the Papacy and Pope.
The original church building, probably adapted from the hall of the palace, was dedicated to the Saviour, and from its splendor was known as the Basilica Aurea. Though several times destroyed and rebuilt, the basilica retained its ancient form, being divided by rows of columns into aisles and having an atrium with colonnades. The tasteless restoration of the 17th century changed its appearance. A monastery was formerly between the basilica and the city wall of which the cloister still remains. The original apse survived until 1878, when it was destroyed and a deeper apse built. The ancient mosaics have been preserved. The high altar, which is of wood and is believed to have been used by Saint Peter, is now encased in marble. In the upper part of the baldachinum are the heads of the Apostles, Peter and Paul. The baptistery is an octagonal edifice with porphyry columns. The font is of green basalt. This basilica has been the cathedral of Rome since the 4th century.
• Benignus of Ireland
• Benen of...
27 June (translation of relics)
Son of the Irish chieftain Sesenen in County Meath. Baptized by and a disciple of Saint Patrick, accompanying him in his travels and missions. Noted choral singer and arranger for liturgical music, he was called Patrick's psalm-singer. Evangelized the provinces of Clare, Kerry, and Connaught. Abbot of Drumlease for twenty years. Assisted in compiling the Senchus Mor, the Irish Code of Laws. Present at the synod which recognized the See of the Apostle Peter (Rome, Italy) as the final court of appeal in difficult cases. Succeeded Saint Patrick as bishop of Ireland.
467 of natural causes
• Gratia of Kotor
• Gracija, Grazia
Son of a poor fisherman. Adriatic fisherman and farmer in his youth. Sailor. In 1468, while on a trip to Venice, Italy he heard a sermon by Blessed Simon of Camerino; he was so moved that he gave up his worldly life and became an Augustinian lay brother at the monastery of Monte Ortono near Padua, Italy. He worked in the garden, monastery and sacristy. After 15 years he was transferred to the monastery of San Cristoforo on Murano off the shore of Venice; he lived there the rest of his life. Famous for his gift of infused knowledge, that is, knowing things that there was no reason to suspect he had learned. A light was said to shine over is cell, and he was known as a miracle worker. Had a special devotion to the Eucharist and spent his spare time in adoration.
27 October 1438 at Mul, Cattaro, Dalmatia (modern Kotor, Montenegro)
• 9 November 1508 in Murano, Italy of natural causes
• relics returned to Mul, Montenegro in the 19th century
6 June 1889 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)
• María del Carmen González-Ramos García-Prieto
• María del Carmen González-Ramos García-Prieto de Muñoz
• Maria del Carmen of the Child Jesus Gonzalez Ramos
Born to a pious family. In 1857 she married Joaquín Muñoz del Caño, a violent, unfaithful man; Maria responded by praying for him until he finally turned his life around. Widowed in 1881. In 1882, with the help of Cappuccin Father Barnabas Astoraga and some like-minded women friends, Maria turned her home into a combination school and clinic, caring for and educating children too poor to have other resources. On 8 May 1884 she and the other women began to live in common at the convent of Our Lady of Victory of Antequera, Spain. They formed the core of the Hermanas Franciscanas de los Sagrados Corazones (Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart) which Maria helped found; they received approval of Bishop Miguel Salazar Gomez on 10 July 1884, and Maria took the name Carmen of the Child Jesus. The Sisters received approval of Pope Leo XIII on 3 May 1902, and continue their good works today.
30 June 1834 in Antequera, Málaga, Spain as María del Carmen González-Ramos García-Prieto
• 9 November 1899 in Antequera, Málaga, Spain of typhus
• buried at Our Lady of Victory church at the mother house of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Antequera
• 6 May 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification recognition celebrated at Antequera, Málaga, Spain by Cardinal Saraiva Martins
• the beatification miracle involved the healing of a large tumour in the liver of Sister Maria José Rodríguez in 1991
• Theodore the General
• Theodore Tyro
• Theodore the Recruit
• Theodore Tiro
• Theodor Tiro of Euchaïta
• Theodore of Amasea
• Theodore Teron
• Theodorus of Heraclea
• 7 February as Theodore Stratelates
• 16 February as Theodore Tyro
• 17 February on the Orthodox Calendar
• 27 July in Korcula, Greece
• 9 November as Theodor Tiro of Euchaïta
Roman general (stratelates) and covert Christian during a time of persecution. Exposed as a Christian, a military tribunal decided he was a good soldier who had made a mistake, told him to reconsider, and set him free; he promptly burned down a pagan temple. Arrested again, he was ordered to apostatize, then tortured by having his flesh torn off; he responded by reciting the Psalms. Martyr.
Saint Theodore Tyro is almost certainly the same person as Theodore Statelates. The Tyro story describes the soldier as a recruit, the feast day is 9 November, and the region is slightly different, but the story is the same.
martyred 319 at Heraclea, Thrace
• Brindisi, Italy
• recovery of lost articles
• crown of thorns
• martyr's wreath
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University
Son of George and Anne Napper; his father taught at All Souls College. Great-nephew of William Cardinal Peto. Educated at Corpus Christi College in Oxford; seminarian at the English College, Douai, France. Ordained in 1596, he returned to England to minister to the covert Catholics in Oxfordshire, England beginning in 1603. He travelled the countryside on foot, and apparently lived with his brother William who put himself in great danger by hiding him. He was betrayed and arrested on 19 July 1610 when he was found carrying a breviary, holy oils, a reliquary, and a pyx containing two consecrated Hosts; when he was later searched, the reliquary and pyx had disappeared. George was sent to Oxford Castle where he was convicted of the crime of priesthood. While in prison, he ministered to fellow prisoners; this was considered an additional crime. He was offered a commutation of his sentence from death to exile if he would sign an oath of allegiance against the pope; he declined. Martyr.
1550 at Holywell Manor, Oxford, England
• hanged, drawn, and quartered between 1 and 2 in the afternoon of 9 November 1610 at Oxford, England
• body parts hung on the city gates as warnings to other Catholics
• some parts recovered and given burial at Sanford manor
15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Bishop of Naples, Italy.
• c.300 of natural causes
• interred in the catacombs of San Gennaro in Naples, Italy
• relics re-discovered by Cardinal Spinelli in 1774
• relics in the cathedral in Naples
Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeus.
martyred in the 4th century in Salonica, Greece
Member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, taking his vows on 15 August 1929. Studied mechanics and religious formation in Italy. Supervised a mechanics laboratory in the college of Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
7 September 1908 in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, ávila, Spain
9 November 1936 in Paracuellos de Jarama, Madrid, Spain
28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI
When Saint Dionysius of Milan was driven from his diocese by Arians, he fled to Armenia where he was befriended by Aurelius. When Dionysius died, Aurelius took his remains back to Milan where he remained as a friend to Saint Ambrose of Milan. Bishop of Riditio in Armenia.
c.400 in Milan, Italy
• c.475 in Milan, Italy of natural causes
• relics taken to Hirsau, Germany in 830
• against diseases of the head
• against head injury
• against headaches
• Hirsau, Germany
touching the head of a kneeling man
Seventh-century nun. May have been the daughter of Emperor Maurice of Constantinople.
Ilona of Hungary
Dominican nun in Veszprem, Hungary. Novice mistress to Saint Margaret of Hungary. Prioress. Reputed stigmatist. Given to ecstasies, and lilies of light grew from her hands during prayers.
• c.1270 of natural causes
• her body was reported to glow at the time of her death
12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II
Priest in the diocese of Wloclawek, Poland. Martyr.
1 June 1904 in Grodno, Hrodzyenskaya voblasts', Belarus
shot on 9 November 1941 in Borisov (Borysów), Minskaya voblasts', Belarus
13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II
• Pabo Post-Prydain
• the Prop of North Britain
Son of a fifth century Pictish chieftain. Soldier and warlord in the area of modern Scotland who gave up his sword to become a monk in Wales. Founded a monastery on Anglesy Island; it was later known as Llanbabon, based on a variation of his name.
5th century Scotland
510 of natural causes
Seventh-century nun. May have been the daughter of Emperor Maurice of Constantinople.
Missionary to and first bishop of Bourges, France. Legend says he was a disciple of the Apostles who sent him as a missionary to Gaul (modern France), but we now know that he lived in the third century.
• 3rd century in France of natural causes
• relics transferred to Lisieux, France during a period of plague
• Bourges, France, archdiocese of
• Bourges, France, city of
Vanne, Vaune, Vitone
12 October (diocese of Verdun)
Became a monk as a young man. Bishop of Verdun, France c.500. Converted all the residents in his diocese, wiping out paganism in the area. Founded a college for priests. Known as a miracle worker. A great Benedictine abbey in Lorraine, France was later named for him.
525 of natural causes
A group of ten Catholic Christians who tried to defend an image of Jesus over the Brazen Gate of Constantinople from an attack by Iconoclasts during the persecutions of emperor Leo the Isaurian. The group of was seized by soldiers, condemned by judges for opposing the emperor, and martyred. The only details that have survived are three of their names - Julian, Marcian and Maria.
730 at Constantinople (modern Istanbul, 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 Francisco José Marín López de Arroyave
• Blessed Justo Juanes Santos
• Blessed María de la Salud Baldoví Trull
• Blessed Valentín Gil Arribas
• Our Lady of Almudena
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