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St. Otranto Martyrs ~ Antonio Primaldo: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Saint Antonio Primaldo and the Martyrs of Otranto Antonio Primaldo was martyred in 1480 by Ottoman invaders after he refused along with approximately 800 others, to convert to Islam. Primaldo will be beautified and elevated to sainthood in a ceremony on May 12, 2013 by Pope Francis. In 1480, an Ottoman force arrived by sea in the southern tip of the Italian boot, at the town of Otranto. Ontranto at that time was a small, fortified town of about 6,000 inhabitants. The Ottomans ...

Bl. Zenon Kovalyk: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Blessed Zynoviy Kovalyk (August 18, 1903 - 1941) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and martyr.

St. Mother Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala ~ Mother Lupita: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Saint Mother Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala was co-founder of the Congregation of the Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Poor, and was the first mother superior of the congregation. She was beautified by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2004, and will be canonized on May 12, 2013. Maria was born on April 27, 1878 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Her father, Fortino, ran a religious goods store situated in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. She had a special devotion to the ...

St. Abigail: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

St. Abigail, more commonly known as St. Gobnait or Deborah, was a medieval Irish saint born around the 6th century in County Clare, Ireland. According to tradition, Abigail's family was always feuding. This caused her to run away from home to settle on Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands. After some time, an angel appeared to Abigail and told her this was not her place of resurrection. She was to head inland to find the place she would spend the rest of her life. The angel told Abigail this place ...

St. Marianne Cope: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Saint Marianne Cope, O.S.F. is also known as Saint Marianne of Moloka'i. She was born in Germany on January 23, 1838 and spent much of her life working in Hawai'i working with lepers on the island of Moloka'i. She was beatified in 2005 and declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Cope was born on January 23, 1838 in Heppenheim, in what was then the Grand Duchy of Hesse. Today, that region is part of Germany. She was baptized Maria Anna Barbara Koob, which was later changed to ...

St . Gerald of Aurillac: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Only a little is known of the life of Saint Gerald of Aurillac, owing to the times in which he lived in the late 9th and early 10th centuries. Only one written record of his life exists and no primary sources are known. The only known reference to him is via a book written by Odo of Cluny who lived from 879-942 and who never met Gerald. Odo however wrote that he did extensive research into Gerald's life and concluded that he was in fact, a saint. During the course of his investigation ...

Bl. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglis: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Blessed Fr. Don Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi was beatified on May 25, a mere 20 years after his martyrdom at the hands of the Sicilian Mafia. His beatification represents a new era of defiance of powerful organized crime families in Italy and around the world. Don Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi was born on September 15, 1937 in the Palermo neighborhood of Brancaccio, in Palermo, Sicily. His father was a cobbler and his mother made dresses. From this working class home, Puglisi learned the roughness of his ...

St. Zygmunt Gorazdowski: Saint of the Day for Saturday, January 01, 2022

Zygmunt Gorazdowski was born on 1 November 1845 in Sanok, Ukraine. His family lived their Catholic faith most seriously, and Zygmunt grew up in this deeply religious environment that was not exempt from trials and suffering. As a child, Zygmunt was afflicted with a lung ailment; this, however, did not prevent him from considering the needs of others and offering his help where he could. After finishing high school in Przemysl he enrolled in the faculty of law in Lviv. At the end of his ...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 31, 2021

Reading 1: 1 John 2:18-21, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96:11-13, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96:1-2, Gospel: John 1:1-18

Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year: Prayer of the Day for Friday, December 31, 2021

O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope, our Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church; convert heretics and unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world; pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and upon our ...