John was the son of Zebedee, a fisher man from Bethsaida near the Sea of Galilee. With his brother James and Peter, he shared in some of the most significant events in the life of Jesus.
Patrick Duffy looks at when and why a feast celebrating Jesus's birth began to be celebrated on 25th December and what different scholars have to say about that.
Summary of St Peter Nolasco. Peter founded the Mercedarian Order devoted to ransoming slaves from the Moors.
Patrick Duffy writes review about the saint and the order he founded.
A pious young of a rich family
Anastasia did many good deeds of generosity and worked many wonders before she herself was burnt to death. The name means “resurrection”: we pray it is a symbol of the transformation of such [...]
Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonised. Born in Northern Italy, she wanted to be a missionary in China, but Bishop Scalabrini and Pope Peo XIII directed her towards Italian workers in the United States.
Summary: St Thorlac Thorhallson (1133-93), patron saint of Iceland, travelled to study at Paris, France, and Lincoln, England, before returning to Iceland to become bishop of Skalholt from 1178.
Patrick Duffy tells what is known about him.
Christianised from a relatively early date
Summay: the feast of Our Lady of Loreto. Pope Francis by his own authority has approved that the optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar for 10 Dec., the day on which her feast falls [...]