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What you should know about St. Frances Cabrini

Saint Frances Cabrini

Today is the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini! Best known for her work with schools, hospitals, and orphanages among immigrants in the United States—specifically Italian immigrants—and for founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Mother Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants and has a world-famous shrine dedicated to her in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Past these basic facts, Mother Cabrini's past is often overlooked.

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St. Martin’s Day and Veterans’ Day

Saint Martin of Tours Feast Day

Today is Saint Martin's Day! Also known as Martinmas, Saint Martin's Day has long been an important feast in the Church. Traditionally marking the end of autumn and the harvest season, Saint Martin's Day originally began a period of forty days of fasting, like Lent. That season was eventually shortened into Advent as we know it now, but Saint Martin's Day still remains a major feast around the world, and has many colorful traditions associated with it.

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St. Leo the Great Meets Attila the Hun!

Saint Leo the Great

The Feast of St. Leo the Great is November 10 “Little is known about the early life of this man who proved to be such an extraordinary shepherd of the Catholic Church that he came to be known not only as Pope Saint Leo I, but also is one of the only two Popes in two thousand years to be …

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A Feast Day for the Mother Church

A Birthday for Saint John Lateran

When most people think about churches in Rome, the first one that immediately jumps to mind is the world-famous Saint Peter's basilica. The heart of Vatican City, it is the most visible location in the Catholic Church. What most people don't know, however, is that Saint Peter's isn't the “highest-ranking” church in Rome. That honor goes to the Archbasilica of …

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Do you have a saint in training? Enter our photo contest!

Saints in Training Photo Contest

It's that time again! We know you have adorable pictures of your kids dressed as saints. We'd like to put them on display in our annual photo contest. Enter and your child could win one of two $25 gift certificates to Aquinas and More. Here's how to enter: Go here to enter your photo: http://s.heyo.com/f5656a We'll collect entries until November 15th. …

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Five books and DVDs for the month of All Souls

Books and dvds for All Souls Day

Since Purgatory ranks right up there with Mary among the most misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church, we've put together a list of resources to you both understand and explain Purgatory and praying for the dead during the month of November.

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Theology of All Souls Day

The Theology of All Souls Day

All Souls Day isn't as old as the Feast of All Saints but does date back more than 1000 years. The feast is celebrated to pray for the souls in Purgatory.

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Christ the King Sunday

Why we celebrate Christ the King

Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday of the Liturgical year, is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his message and call to honor Christ the King in a society that denies the authority of Our Lord is no less pertinent now than it was then.

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The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles and Martyrs, is October 28

Saint Jude

“Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of Our Lord’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the …

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