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Feast Day: August 12 Benedetto Odescalchi was born to a wealthy merchant in Como, Italy. After serving as a cardinal and bishop of Novara, he was elected pope in 1676. He inherited an ongoing … more
Feast Day: July 31 Born in his family’s ancestral Basque castle, Inigo Lopez de Loyola was a page in Castile and a soldier wounded in battle before he experienced a personal conversion that has … more
Feast Day: July 13 Henry succeeded his father as duke of Bavaria in 975, was elected king of Germany in 1002, and was crowned holy Roman emperor by the pope in 1014. His chief concerns were … more
Feast Day: June 17 Emily was the only daughter of a French baron. At 15 she left school in Paris to become her widowed father’s companion in Gaillac. Despite his wishes, Emily would not marry, … more
Feast Day: June 8 A bitter dispute followed the 1140 election of William Fitzherbert as archbishop of York, England. Local Cistercian monks and others challenged the election, accusing William of … more
Feast Day: APRIL 28 Born near Milan, Italy, Gianna was one of 13 children in a deeply Catholic family. She wed Pietro Molla in 1955; they had three children while she continued to work as a … more
Feast Day: March 17 The patron of Ireland, this bishop was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He was a lonely shepherd for six years before … more
Feast Day: March 9 As a girl, Catherine de’Vigri was a maid of honor at the ducal court in Ferrara, in Italy. Well-educated at court, she joined a group of Franciscan tertiaries who later became … more
Feast Day: MARCH 2 Maria de los Angeles Guerrero Gonzalez, called Angelita, grew up in Seville, Spain. With little formal education, she was placed in a cobbler’s workshop making shoes. But she … more
Feast Day: January 4 Raised Episcopalian in colonial New York City, Elizabeth married William Magee Seton, a merchant. The couple had five children. William died in 1803 in Italy, where Elizabeth … more
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