Sister Gabriele from the Benedictine Monastery on the Mount of Olives sent us a short biography of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) in order to commemorate his feast day.

Saint Matthew, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, wrote one of the four books of the Gospel.

The first Catholics in Korea suffered terrible persecution but planted the seed for a thriving Church in Korea today.

Sister Gabriele of the Benedictine monastery on the Mount of Olives sent us this article for the feast of Saint Hildegard von Bingen.

Myriam, from the Haifa kehilla, explains the significance of this feast commemorating the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

On September 14, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Glorious Cross. The cross, an awful tool to impose death from the Roman period, becomes the key to eternal life in the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The feast is celebrated exactly 40 days after the Feast of the Transfiguration (on August 6).

A Jesuit priest, Saint Peter Claver worked among the slaves of South America becoming patron saint of slaves.

The Catholic Church gives the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, a special place in her prayers. Her presence is noticeable in the liturgical calendar and there are many feasts that immortalize her memory. On September 8, the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary.

On September 4, the Church celebrates the memory of Moses who gave the law. A central figure in the Old Testament, Moses is also mentioned many times in the New Testament.

Pope Gregory I was a trained Roman lawyer and talented administrator, a monk, a missionary, a preacher, above all a physician of souls and a leader of men. His great claim to remembrance lies in the fact that he is the real father of the medieval papacy.

Augustine of Hippo (a city in Algeria today) is one of the most outstanding thinkers in the history of the Church. His many writings in Latin continue to influence Christian theology until today.

On August 26, the entire Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the “Little Arab”, the Carmelite nun Mary of Jesus Crucified. The Arab nun from Galilee was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1983 and Pope Francis proclaimed her saint in 2015.

Bartholomew is counted among the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and ancient tradition identifies him with Nathanael in the Gospel according to Saint John.

Rosa of Lima was the first saint recognized by the Catholic Church from the Americas. She became known in Peru, her homeland, because of her deep spiritual life and her acts of love to the poor.

On this day, August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, after she fell asleep at the end of her life. The belief that Mary was assumed bodily into heaven is an ancient belief among Christian faithful who had  always stressed the fact that Mary was born, lived and fell asleep without sin and thus did not suffer corruption. However, this belief was only defined as a fundamental essential of the faith in 1950. Here we publish a short homily of Father David Neuhaus in honor of the feast.

Daniel from the Jaffa community sent us an article about Saint Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast is celebrated on August 14.

Clare (1194-1253) (Chiara Offreduccio) was an Italian noblewoman who became the foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares".

On August 9, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of Edith Stein, the German Jewish philosopher and Catholic mystic who became a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedikta of the Cross. She perished at Auschwitz together with her sister.

Saint Dominic is the founder of one of the most important orders of monks in the Catholic Church. His feast is celebrated on August 8.

Lucia from the Jerusalem community writes about the feast. This feast was established in order to remember an event which is described in the three Synoptic Gospels as well as in the Second Letter of Peter. As his passion and death approached, Jesus allowed three of his chosen disciples to see his glory.