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today’s birthday: Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774)

Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774)

Seton was the first native-born US citizen canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Six years after she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, her husband died, leaving her with five young children. She later opened a free Catholic elementary school and is considered the mother of the US parochial school system. In 1813, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first US religious order, and served as its superior until her death. Seton is the patron saint of what? More… Discuss

today’s holidady: Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the 8th century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More… Discuss

today’s holiday/Feast of Saint: Feast of St. Frances Cabrini

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880 and went on to establish orphanages, schools, and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More… Discuss

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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope

After five rounds of voting over the course of two days, the College of Cardinals elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The 76-year-old is the first non-European pontiff in more than a millennium and the first Latin American pope in the Church’s history. He will henceforth be known as Pope Francis I. Shortly after the announcement of his election was made, the new pope made his first public address. From a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, he greeted the assembled crowd and asked for the people’s prayers.More… Discuss

This day in the Yesteryear: IRELAND LEGALIZES DIVORCE (1997)

Ireland Legalizes Divorce (1997)

The culture of Ireland has long been strongly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, to which most of the country belongs. Thus, until 1997, the Republic of Ireland had no legal provision for divorce—and though many couples were living apart, they were not free to remarry other people. Once the divorce legislation was passed, the number of separated couples in Ireland did increase but not dramatically. Despite the position of the Church in Ireland, what pagan customs still persist there? More… Discuss