Growing in Faith

A ‘courageous prophet of peace’ in turbulent times

Giacoma della Chiesa had been a cardinal for less than three months when his peers elected him to the papacy in 1914....

The ‘Pope of the Eucharist’ and enemy of ‘Modernism’

In 1903, the Patriarch of Venice was an emotional and pious former peasant pastor, Giuseppe Sarto. This Patriarchate has often served as a...

The pope, biblical scholarship and social teaching

Upon the death of Pius IX, the Cardinal electors took only three ballots to select Gioacchino Pecci as pope. Pecci, a relatively little-known Perugian...

The complex, influential ‘Prisoner of the Vatican’

Pius IX has been rather vilified in many secular, Jewish, and Christian circles as reactionary for his famous statement in the Syllabus of...

The pope who squared off against Napoleon

Although the seventh pope to do so in history, Benedictine Cardinal Gregory Barnabas Chiaramonti is the first of what will be not...

A visionary leader in a time of great turmoil

When the cardinals chose Alessandro Farnese, a member of an aristocratic and notable Roman family, to succeed Pope Clement VII as Pope...

The pope who made a fateful decision about Christ’s will

An important, if underappreciated, figure in the history of the papacy is Pope St. Martin I, who served as pontiff from 649...

An ascetic reluctantly agrees to serve as pope

The patron saint of St. Peter Celestine Church in Cherry Hill, Pope St. Celestine V, was a fascinating figure in the history...

The first pope with a monastic background

Gregory was born sometime around 540 AD to Gordianus and Silvia (his mother also being a canonized saint, along with two of Gregory’s...

He faced the Huns and helped define Christ’s nature

One of the most important figures in the history of both the office of the papacy and Christology (the study of the...
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