Pedro Betancur

Feast Day: April 18 (25)
Venerated: July 25, 1771
Beatified: June 22, 1980
Canonized: July 30, 2002

The man we now call the “St. Francis of the Americas” began life in 1626, growing up a poor shepherd in the Canary Islands. He often lived in a cave. As he cared for the sheep, he spent his time growing closer to God in prayer. He longed to travel to Guatemala City, where he...
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Leo IX (Bruno von Egisheim und Dagsburg), Pope

Feast Day: April 19
Canonized: 1082

Pope Leo IX was the first pope who worked for reform in the Church. He was born in 1002 and given the name Bruno at Baptism. He was educated at a school for the children of Germany’s royal families and taught by the bishop of his diocese. As a priest, Father Bruno served at the cathedral before being named bishop of Toul.

Twenty years later, Bruno was appointed...
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Anselm of Canterbury

Feast Day: April 21
Canonized: 1492

Anselm’s desire to become a monk led him from his childhood home in Italy to a famous Benedictine monastery in France. He studied the great writers of the Church, including St. Augustine, and spent much of his time teaching and writing important books that explained some of the deepest mysteries of our faith. It is believed that Anselm gave us the term “theology”...
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Mark the Evangelist

Mark_the_Evangelist-295x300 Feast Day: April 25
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Mark was an Evangelist—one of the four men who wrote the Gospels found in the New Testament. Mark’s Gospel was written first, and it is the shortest description of Jesus’ life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Mark’s writings helped both Matthew and Luke to write their Gospels.

Mark was not one of the original Apostles,...
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Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day: April 28
Canonized: May 16, 2004
Beatified: April 24, 1994
Venerated: July 6, 1991

Sometimes saints lead very normal lives. They love sports and have hobbies. They get married and have children. Some, like Gianna Molla, are even modern-day working mothers.

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1922, Gianna was always very religious. She attended college and medical school,...
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Catherine of Siena

Feast Day: April 29
Canonized: July 1461

Catherine’s parents lived in Siena, Italy, and had 25 children. Catherine, who was born in 1347, was number 23. From an early age she loved to pray, and at the age of seven she already knew she wished to remain chaste and unmarried to devote her life to God. By the time of her death in 1380—when she...
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