AS CHRISTIANS WE KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING OUR HEARTS, MINDS AND BODIES PURE. TEMPTATIONS TO SIN ARE ALL AROUND US. THIS IS THE STORY OF MARIA GORETTI, A TEENAGE SAINT WHO LAID DOWN HER LIFE FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVED.   HER CHILDHOOD Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, Italy. […]

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St Joseph of Cupertino is invoked by many students to help with their exams. He was a holy man and a great Saint, despite being academically challenged.   HIS CHILDHOOD St. Joseph of Cupertino was born near Naples, Italy in 1603 into a very poor family. He was not a very bright child and struggled […]

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Sharlet Francis Xavier writes about the young Saint who died in his teens.   FAMILY LIFE Dominic Savio was born in 1842, in the village of Riva in northern Italy. The name Dominic means belonging to God and the name Savio means wise. His devout family was poor, but hard-working. As a child Dominic went to the Oratory […]

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This is the inspiring story of how an ordinary lay man used his extraordinary practical skills to preserve the Catholic faith in England during a time of intense persecution.   HIS EARLY LIFE Nicholas Owen was born around 1562 in Oxford and was the son of a Carpenter. His parents were devoutly Catholic and he […]

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HIS EARLY LIFE St Francis was born in Assisi, Italy. His father, Peter Bernardone was a wealthy silk merchant and his mother was Pica de Bourlemont. When he was born his mother named him Giovanni (John) after John the Baptist but at the time his father was on a sea voyage and when he returned […]

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CHOSEN AS A DEACON St Stephen was the first martyr and his story is told in the New Testament Acts of the Apostles. Nothing is known of his early life but he is first mentioned in Acts 6:5 where he is called “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit”. Earlier it describes […]

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The most common image at Christmas is Santa Claus, the red suited American symbol of Christmas festivity and commercial activity. But in fact the figure of Santa Claus originated from Saint Nicholas, a fourth century saint, who has inspired great devotion over the centuries and invites us to bear the fruits of Holy Spirit in […]

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St Winifred was a holy woman who lived and died in the seventh century in Wales. She has been venerated as a Saint since that time and a number of legends about her early life have developed to illustrate her purity and devotion to God. Sharlet Francis Xavier tells her story. HER EARLY LIFE Saint […]

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His birth place and lineage St. Joseph first appears in the Bible in the opening chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel where his family tree is traced back to King David. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph in a dream that Mary has conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit greets him as […]

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