, Saint. Abundius d. 854 Roman Catholic Saint. One of the forty-eight "Martyrs of Córdoba", he was a priest in Ananelos near Cordoba, Spain. He refused to give up his Christian beliefs and was ordered beheaded by the Islamic Moorish authorities, after which his body was thrown to the dogs. His Feast Day is celebrated on July 11. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) Body lost or destroyed, Thrown to dogs after decapitation
, Saint. Aldhelm b. 639 d. May 25, 709 Pr-Congregation Saint. Born about AD 639 in Wessex, England, and was, to all accounts, of a noble, if not royal lineage. His parents were almost surely recent converts to Christianity which had only reached Wessex in the decade before his birth. He was educated at Malmesbury by an Irish Christian known as Maildub. After a pilgrimage to Canterbury, he returned to Malmesbury and introduced a Benedictine discipline at the Abbey. He was elected as the first abbot of the order in 675. During his...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
II., Pope. Alexander d. April 21, 1073 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Anselmo Baggio in Milan, Italy, he was elected to the papacy in 1061. He opposed lay investiture and was enthroned without the consent of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, who then created his own anti-pope. Alexander was accused in 1064 of buying the papacy but cleared himself at the Council of Mantua in the same year. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Sacred Grottoes
I., Pope. Alexander Roman Catholic Pope. The sixth occupant of the Holy See, he was elected in 106 AD. Little is known of his life. His papacy ended 115 AD. It is said that he was born in Rome and that he suffered a martyr's death by decapitation at the Via Nomentana on May 3. He was predecessor of Pope Evaristus and successor of Pope Sixtus I. (Bio by: Ilonka) Body lost or destroyed, His remains are said to have been transferred to Freising in Bavaria, Germany in 834 AD.
, Saint. Alphege d. 1012 Saint and Martyr. He was the 30th archbishop of Canterbuty. In 1011 he was captured by the Danes. A heavy ransom was demanded for his release but he insisted that his people refuse to pay it. The Danes in turn killed him in Greenwich. He was born about 954 AD and was killed in 1012. His Feast Day is April 19th. (Bio by: Willie) Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
, Saint. Ambrose b. 340 d. April 4, 397 Archbishop of Milan, Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Milan. He is remembered as one of the most influential ecclesiastical leaders of the 4th century A.D. and was one of the four original Doctors of the Church. He is also credited with introducing hymnology from the Eastern Church into the West. Born Aurelius Ambrosius around 340 A.D. into a Roman Christian family at Trier, in present-day Germany, his father was the praetorian perfect of Gaul and his mother was an intellectual and pious...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Natural causes Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: In Basilica's crypt, open to public on Ambrose's feast day
, Saint. Amphibalus d. June 25, 304 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. He was a Christian priest sheltered by St. Alban, as a consequence of which the latter was executed. His remains, or as one authority puts it "certain relics which were held to be his", were discovered at Redbourne, near the town of St. Albans, in the twelfth century, and placed in the Abbey church. Unfortunately his first shrine was destroyed when the roof of the abbey fell in. A new shrine (the present one) was built around 1350. This shrine was broken into fragments and...[Read More] (Bio by: David Conway) Saint Albans Cathedral, St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England
I., Pope. Anacletus d. 92 (circa) Roman Catholic Pope, Saint. Second bishop of Rome, he may have been the same person as Pope Cletus. According to the catalogues he occupied the papal chair for twelve years (c. 77-88). He was put to death under the Emperor Domitian around 91 AD. He was buried near Saint Linus, where his relics remain. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Necropolis
III., Pope. Anastasius d. June, 913 Pope. The 123rd occupant of the Holy See, elected September, 911, he was a Roman. His reign was marked with moderation, but beyond this history gives no details of his life, except that he was active in determining the ecclesiastical divisions of Germany. Anastasius III died some time in the summer of 913. He was buried in St. Peter's. His epitaph pithily remarks that the tomb holds the bones but could not contain the merits of this Pope who ruled the Church well. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
, Saint. Andrew [partial remains] Roman Catholic Saint. One of the original 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, he was the brother of Simon Peter, also one of the original disciples. He was probably born sometime in the early 1st century in the village of Bethsaida, located in the region of Judea on the Sea of Galilee, in present-day Israel. He was a fisherman by trade and was a follower of John the Baptist, according to the Gospel of John, but when Jesus passed through his village during his 3-year ministry, he personally called him...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland
, Saint. Andrew [partial remains] Roman Catholic Saint. One of the original 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, he was the brother of Simon Peter, also one of the original disciples. He was probably born sometime in the early 1st century in the village of Bethsaida, located in the region of Judea on the Sea of Galilee, in present-day Israel. He was a fisherman by trade and was a follower of John the Baptist, according to the Gospel of John, but when Jesus passed through his village during his 3-year ministry, he personally called him...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea, Amalfi, Provincia di Salerno, Campania, Italy
, Saint. Anselm b. 1033 d. April 21, 1109 Archbishop of Canterbury. He was born at Aosta in Piedmont into a noble family. At 27, after a disagreement with his father, he became a monk. He often traveled to England and impressed the locals with his knowledge and piety. Anselm was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1107 and spent his remaining years carrying out his pastoral duties. He was canonized by Pope Alexander VI in 1494. (Bio by: julia&keld) Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
, Patriarch. Athenagoras I b. April 6, 1886 d. July 7, 1972 Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. A native of Greece, Aristocles Spyrou was the son of a doctor who was tonsured an Orthodox monk by the name Athenagoras for the Greek Orthodox Church upon finishing his studies in Turkey. Elected Metropolitan of Corfu while still a deacon in 1922, eight years later he was named Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. During his episcopate, he sought harmony between his numerous communities, opened the Holy Cross School of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) St. Mary of the Spring Monastery, Istanbul, Turkey Plot: Monastery Cemetery.