St. Elizabeth Queen of Portugal

ElizabethPortugal-e1368130444610St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, was born in 1271 and died July 4, 1336. She was distinguished for her devotion to the poor and her heroic acts of charity. Her special grace was that of making peace. The joy caused a the Aragonese Court by the birth of Elizabeth brought about the reconciliation of her father and her grandfather; death surprised the good queen whilst on a journey which she had undertaken for the purpose of procuring peace between her son and her son-in-law.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius

2_14_cyril_methodius2These two celebrated apostles of the East are bound by more than one tie to the history of Papal Rome. The Slav nations are indebted to Cyril and Methodius for their civilization, their faith, and their original communion with the See of Peter. To this day the Slav pilgrim who visits Rome and kneels at the sepulcher of the Prince of the Apostles sees upon that tomb a painting representing the Savior between St. Peter and St. Paul.

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St. Maria Goretti

St-Maria-GorettiSt. Maria Goretti, Virgin:   Maria Goretti, born in 1890 at Corinaldo, a small village in Italy, was a happy and obedient child. When she was nine years old, her father died. Maria prayed each day for the strength to follow Jesus and avoid serious sin.  Her devotion was simple and in keeping with her age, but the courage and fidelity in walking long distances to the nearest town to learn her Catechism indicated her solid character.

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