Witness of Viktoria Zolnova, from Slovakia, at the 2nd part of the Synod

Witness of Viktoria Zolnova, from Slovakia, at the 2nd part of the Synod

Holy Father, Synodal Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is a great honor and privilege for me to be with you here today and my heart is full of gratitute for such a grace. My...

Percival Holt, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, India

Percival Holt, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, India

October 16th Intervention Dear Holy Father Pope Francis, Synodal Fathers and my fellow ministers in the mission of Christ. I lead the Catholic Youth of India as the National President of Indian...

Witness of Briana Santiago

Witness of Briana Santiago

Briana Santiago Synod witness October 4th  Holy Father, and all here present, my name is Briana Santiago, I am 27 years old, and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have just begun my fifth year of...

Saint Francis of Assisi, Fonder of the Friars Minor

Saint Francis of Assisi, Fonder of the Friars Minor

We know more of St. Francis than of any other medieval saint. Not only have we his own words, his Rule, Testament, letters, poems, and liturgical writings, but also the intimate accounts of several...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to...

Pope Francis announces that he will canonize Nunzio Sulprizio in October

Pope Francis announces that he will canonize Nunzio Sulprizio in October

In an Ordinary Public Consistory held on Thursday morning, Pope Francis announced that he will canonize Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio on October 14 this year. Blessed Nunzio...

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc, byname the Maid of Orléans, French Sainte Jeanne d’Arc or La Pucelle d’Orléans, (born c. 1412 CE, Domrémy, Bar, France—died May 30, 1431, Rouen; canonized May 16, 1920; feast day...

Dr. Ivan Merz - Banja Luka, Bosnia 1896. + Zagreb, Croatia 1928

Dr. Ivan Merz - Banja Luka, Bosnia 1896. + Zagreb, Croatia 1928

Dr.Ivan Merz was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia, on the 16th of December 1896. He was brought up within a liberal atmosphere. He attended Grammar School in his home town. After graduation in 1914 Ivan...

St. Stanislas Kostka

St. Stanislas Kostka

Born at Rostkovo near Prasnysz, Poland, about 28 October, 1550; died at Rome during the night of 14-15 August, 1568. He entered the Society of Jesus at Rome, 28 October, 1567, and is said to have...

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima

Rose of Lima has a special claim on our interest for she has the honor of being the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized by the Church. Only a little more than half a century...

The Story Of Anka Kolesárová

The Story Of Anka Kolesárová

  It may have happened in this way, maybe a little differently, but the sacrifice of love and purity present in this story is solid and indisputable as the stone that stands over her grave...

Murdered Hungarian youth pastor to be beatified as martyr

Murdered Hungarian youth pastor to be beatified as martyr

A young Hungarian priest who was lured into a forest and beaten and stabbed to death is to be the latest East European martyr declared blessed by the Catholic Church. Fr. Janos Brenner, who died in...

Carlo Acutis - Servant of God

Carlo Acutis - Servant of God

Carlo Acutis died at the age of 15 of  a galloping leukaemia, leaving in the memory of all those who knew him a great feeling of emptiness and great admiration for his brief but intense...

Henry Edward Dormer, Servant of God

Henry Edward Dormer, Servant of God

Servant of God, Henry Edward Dormer who was born in Warwickshire, England, and after studies in Europe and in Ireland, made a retreat at age 19 under Father Rudolph Suffield, a Dominican friar, an...

Meet the Young Man People Are Already Calling a Saint

Meet the Young Man People Are Already Calling a Saint

This is so inspiring. Joe Reali might have seemed like a normal young man from the outside: he had friends, went to school, and loved playing football. Which is why it was such a tragedy when he died...

Carlotta Nobile. An art historian, violinist, writer and Italian blogger

Carlotta Nobile. An art historian, violinist, writer and Italian blogger

Carlotta Nobile (Rome, 20th December 1988 - Benevento, 16th July 2013) is known for her courageous testimony in the fight against cancer and for the profound experience of Faith reached in the last...

Testimonies from some of the students from the Samuel Group

Testimonies from some of the students from the Samuel Group

What Is Samuel Group? Samuel Group is a discernment group for young adults, ages 19-30, who meet together once a month from September through April in order to study, pray, and discover their...

BL. ISIDORE BAKANJA, MARTYR

BL. ISIDORE BAKANJA, MARTYR

Bl. Isidore Bakanja, a member of the Boangi tribe, was born in Bokendela (Congo) between 1880 and 1890. In order to survive, even as a boy, he had to work as bricklayer or in farms. He was converted...

Blessed Andrew of Phu Yen - Protomartyr of Vietnam

Blessed Andrew of Phu Yen - Protomartyr of Vietnam

Andrew, from Phu Yen (1624–1644), became a martyr for his faith. Born to a poor mother in the province of Phu Yen, he went on to study with the Jesuits and was baptized when he was sixteen years old....

Santa Teresa de los Andes (1900-1920)

Santa Teresa de los Andes (1900-1920)

Teresa de Los Andes (1900 - 1920) is the first Chilean and the first Discalced Carmelite nun outside Europe to be declared a saint. She was born Juana Fernandez Solar ('Juanita') in Santiago, Chile,...

Blessed Marcel Callo

Blessed Marcel Callo

Marcel Callo was born on December 6, 1921, in Rennes, France, being one of nine children. He was a happy child, who was known to be a leader and a perfectionist. He helped with his household chores...

Montse Grases, a typical girl

Montse Grases, a typical girl

Montse's life was similar to that of any other girl her age, and at the same time, it was filled with God: she encountered Jesus in the normality of her daily routine and she gave herself generously...

Frédéric Ozanam. A Student Who Made a Difference

Frédéric Ozanam. A Student Who Made a Difference

Armed with a passion for learning and his faith, Frédéric Ozanam arrived in Paris in 1831 to study law at the University of the Sorbonne. After becoming discouraged by the poverty he witnessed on...

Young Woman Jade Banks on Becoming a Nun

Young Woman Jade Banks on Becoming a Nun

  My first memory of meeting an actual nun (as opposed to watching The Flying Nun, played by Sally Field, on TV) was when I was nine years old. My mom and I were in the New York City Port...

Roberto Clemente. He was a pioneer in Major League Baseball

Roberto Clemente. He was a pioneer in Major League Baseball

As the 2017 World Series gets underway this week between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, we present a poignant story of one of pro sports’ great humanitarians, the late Roberto...

St. Kateri Tekawitha

St. Kateri Tekawitha

There was once a little Native American girl named Kateri. Well, when she was four years old she became known as Tekakwitha, which meant The-One-Who-Bumps-Into-Things. This is because she got a...

Laura Vicuña

Laura Vicuña

After her father's sudden death, her mother, with her two daughters, sought refuge in Argentina. In 1900 the Salesian Sisters welcomed her into their college in Junin de los Andes. The following year...

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs of Uganda

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs of Uganda

  St. Charles and many other martyrs for the faith died between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887 in Namugongo, Uganda. St. Charles and his companions were beatified in 1920 and canonized by...

St. Pedro Calungsod A patron for catechists

St. Pedro Calungsod A patron for catechists

1654-1672 Feast Day April 2 Although born in the Philippines, St. Pedro Calungsod is loosely considered an American saint because he was martyred in the United States territory of Guam....

Daniela Zanetta. Life is Beautiful!

Daniela Zanetta. Life is Beautiful!

Portrait of a young girl from Maggiora (Novara, Italy) who asks herself a question: are we sure that happiness, to which we have a right, coincides with physical health at all costs? Danielina, as...

Ashleigh from Australia tell us about her experience of faith

Ashleigh from Australia tell us about her experience of faith

It is an honour to be here today to share my desires and expectations for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. While many of my desires are shaped by my personal...

Blessed Chiara Badano

Blessed Chiara Badano

Sassello, a small town of the ligurian inland in the province of Savona within the Acqui (Piedmont) diocese, is a life-giving blend of nature: picturesque panoramas, scenic pathways, enchanted dawns,...

Saint Maria Goretti

St. Maria was the third of seven children in a poor farming family. When she was nine years old, her father died, leaving her family even more destitute. To survive, their family moved in with...

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

THÉRÈSE MARTIN was born at Alençon, France on 2 January 1873. Two days later, she was baptized Marie Frances Thérèse at Notre Dame Church. Her parents were Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin. After the...

Saint José Sánchez del Río

Saint José Sánchez del Río

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe (2 Timothy 4:12). Saint José Luis Sánchez del Rio is...