Saint Sylvester in Capite – A Busy Place Today!

Head of John the Baptist by Carravagio

But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”  Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.  He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. --Matthew 14:6-10The Church of Saint Sylvester in Capite (San Sil … [Read more...]

A Man for All Seasons: Sir Thomas More, Statesman, Martyr, and Devoted Father

During this Fortnight for Freedom, I reflect on one of the great saints whose commitment to the Church and to religious liberty is an inspiration to us today. *     *     *     * Sir Thomas More was a man with a bright future.  A successful statesman and a loving husband and father, More was Chancellor in the Court of King Henry VIII, one of the king’s most trusted ministers.But then came Anne Boleyn.At the time, King Henry was married to Catherine of Aragon—a marriage which Pope Clemen … [Read more...]

STANDING FOR THE FAITH: Blessed Antonio Primaldo, the Saint Who Stood to the End (UPDATED)

Antonio Primaldo headless 2

On December 20, Pope Benedict XVI--amid a flurry of 23 decrees including the much-touted proclamation of Pope Paul VI as “venerable”—advanced the cause of canonization of Blessed Antonio Primaldo e Compagni.   With the recognition of the miraculous healing of Sister Francesca Levote, which has been attributed to the intercession of Blessed Antonio and his Companions, the way has been paved for their eventual canonization.It’s been a busy week, what with the holidays and all—but I thought Bles … [Read more...]


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