All posts tagged "Year of Mercy"

Stephen the Martyr



Feast Day: December 26 Canonized: Pre-Congregation On Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The next day we celebrate the birth of Stephen. But this is a different kind of birth. It is the birth of Stephen into eternal…

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Francis Xavier



Feast Day: December 3 Canonized: March 12, 1622 Beatified: October 25, 1619 The Catholic Church calls Saint Francis Xavier “the Apostle to the Indies” and “the Apostle of Japan.” The word apostle means “one who is sent.” Jesus sent his…

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Margaret of Scotland



Feast Day: November 16 (formerly June 10) Canonized: 1251 Margaret was an English princess who was born around the year 1045. When her country was invaded, her family escaped by boat. They were headed for Hungary, but a storm crashed…

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Martin of Tours



Feast Day: November 11 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Throughout his life, Martin faced many dilemmas. At the age of 12, he began to place each one before God. Martin had been born to pagan parents in the year 316, in a region of…

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Catherine McAuley



Feast Day: November 11 (Ireland) Venerated: April 9, 1990 Catherine Elizabeth McAuley was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1778. From the time she was a young child, Catherine saw her parents living their Catholic faith through service to the poor….

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John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła), Pope



Feast Day: October 22 Canonized: April 27, 2014 Beatified: May 1, 2011 Many people who knew young Karol Wojtyla in Poland thought he might someday be an actor or a writer. Instead, he became pope. Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in…

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John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli), Pope



Feast Day: October 11 Canonized: April 27, 2014 Beatified: September 3, 2000 Venerated: December 20, 1999 From her very beginning, the Church has had leaders who have helped us in our search for God. Pope John XXIII was one of…

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