Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Blessed Carlo Gnocchi

A dream, after the war, to be able to devote myself to a work of charity, whatever it is.

    Facts about Bl. Carlo Gnocchi

  • Carlo was an Italian priest and military chaplain during World War II.
  • He helped Jews escape and was imprisoned for his writings against Fascism.
  • After the war, he devoted his life to caring for the disabled and orphaned. He died of cancer in 1956.

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

Let's pray to God to set us free from fear and terror but, first and foremost, from the desire for violence and vengeance.

    Facts about Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko

  • He was a Polish priest during a time when the communists severely persecuted the Church in Poland.
  • His staunch, anti-communist sermons were routinely broadcast on the radio.
  • Jerzy suffered harassment because of his faith. In 1984, at age 37, he was kidnapped and martyred by three police officers.

Pope Saint John XXIII

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.

    Facts about Pope St. John XXIII

  • Angelo Roncalli was the fourth of 14 children born to poor parents.
  • In 1958, at age 76, he was unexpectedly elected pope and took the name 'John'.
  • Pope John XXIII surprised many by calling for the Second Vatican Council. Today, he is affectionately known as the "Good Pope".

Saint Faustina Kowalska

I am not alone, because Jesus is with me, and with him I fear nothing.

    Facts about St. Faustina Kowalska

  • She was a 20th-century nun who received visions of Jesus and a message about his unfathomable Mercy.
  • Her conversations with Jesus can be read in her diary: 'Divine Mercy in my Soul'.
  • St. Faustina, 'the Apostle of Divine Mercy', was the first saint canonized in the new millennium.