Monthly Archives: November 2014

Feast of St. Cecilia

Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.  She is one of the seven women mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.  Her relics are contained here in the basilica named for her in Trastevere (Rome).  The place of her martyrdom is also in the basilica, on the right side near the back of the basilica.

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St. Josaphat

Today is the Feast of St. Josaphat.  His body lies in St. Peter’s Basilica in the right transept.  To find out more about him, you can see Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical Ecclesiam Dei.

St. Josaphat

St. Josaphat

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Solemnity of All Saints

Today we honor the saints, whose company we hope one day to enjoy.

St. Victoria, martyr (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

St. Victoria, martyr (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

Blessed Fra Angelico (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

Blessed Fra Angelico (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

Pope St. Pius V (Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome)

Pope St. Pius V (Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome)

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir - Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir – Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo IX (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo IX (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostles rest under the Blessed Sacrament (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostles rest under the Blessed Sacrament (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo the Great (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo the Great (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Bl. Innocent XI (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Bl. Innocent XI (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Bodies of St. Prassede and St. Pudenziana (Santa Prassede - Rome)

Bodies of St. Prassede and St. Pudenziana (Santa Prassede – Rome)

Head of St. Agnes

Head of St. Agnes

Head of St. Agnes (Sant'Agnese in Agone - Rome)

Head of St. Agnes (Sant’Agnese in Agone – Rome)

St. Philip Neri (Santa Maria in Vallicella {Chiesa Nuova} - Rome)

St. Philip Neri (Santa Maria in Vallicella {Chiesa Nuova} – Rome)

Heart of St. Charles Borromeo (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

Heart of St. Charles Borromeo (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

Head of St. Alexander, pope and martyr (Rome)

Head of St. Alexander, pope and martyr (Rome)

San Clemente, martyr (Florence)

San Clemente, martyr (Florence)

St. Julianus, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Julianus, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Artemius, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Artemius, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Juliana Falconieri (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Juliana Falconieri (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Antoninus, O.P., Archbishop of Florence (San Marco - Florence)

St. Antoninus, O.P., Archbishop of Florence (San Marco – Florence)

Letter written by St. Francis of Assisi to Brother Leo (Duomo - Spoleto)

Letter written by St. Francis of Assisi to Brother Leo (Duomo – Spoleto)

St. Robert Bellarmine (Church of Sant'Ignazio - Rome)

St. Robert Bellarmine (Church of Sant’Ignazio – Rome)

St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine (Church of Sant'Agostino - Rome)

St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine (Church of Sant’Agostino – Rome)

Place where St. John the Apostle was boiled in oil (St. John at the Latin Gate - Rome)

Place where St. John the Apostle was boiled in oil (St. John at the Latin Gate – Rome)

Heads of St. Peter and St. Paul (Basilica of St. John Lateran - Rome)

Heads of St. Peter and St. Paul (Basilica of St. John Lateran – Rome)

St. Fortunatus, martyr (Church of St. Philip Neri - Perugia)

St. Fortunatus, martyr (Church of St. Philip Neri – Perugia)

Heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri - Perugia)

Heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri – Perugia)

Chapel built in honor of St. Paul, who preached on that site (Rome)

Chapel built in honor of St. Paul, who preached on that site (Rome)

First place St. Paul lived in Rome

First place St. Paul lived in Rome

Relic of St. Bridget (Rome)

Relic of St. Bridget (Rome)

St. Maria Goretti (Nettuno, Italy)

St. Maria Goretti (Nettuno, Italy)

St. Benedict and St. Scholastica (Monte Cassino)

St. Benedict and St. Scholastica (Monte Cassino)

Cloak of St. Gemma Galgani (Rome)

Cloak of St. Gemma Galgani (Rome)

St. Paul of the Cross (Rome)

St. Paul of the Cross (Rome)

Relics of St. Paul of the Cross, including his death mask (Rome)

Relics of St. Paul of the Cross, including his death mask (Rome)

The room where St. Paul of the Cross died (Rome)

The room where St. Paul of the Cross died (Rome)

Altar on which St. Paul of the Cross offered Mass (Rome)

Altar on which St. Paul of the Cross offered Mass (Rome)

A better image of the tomb of St. Alexis (Church of Sant'Alessio - Rome)

A better image of the tomb of St. Alexis (Church of Sant’Alessio – Rome)

St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Basilica of Bartholomew - Tiber Island, Rome)

St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Basilica of Bartholomew – Tiber Island, Rome)

"The cell of St. Benedict"

“The cell of St. Benedict”

The cell of St. Benedict (Rome)

The cell of St. Benedict (Rome)

The 'pillow' of St. Francis of Assisi (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Rome)

The ‘pillow’ of St. Francis of Assisi (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Rome)

Where St. Pancrazio was beheaded

Where St. Pancrazio was beheaded

Tomb of St. Pancrazio (Rome)

Tomb of St. Pancrazio (Rome)

The baptismal font where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine (Duomo - Milan)

The baptismal font where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine (Duomo – Milan)

St. Savina of Milan

St. Savina of Milan

Bones of St. Felix and St. Fortunatus, martyrs

Bones of St. Felix and St. Fortunatus, martyrs

St. Ambrose between St. Gervase and St. Protaso (Basilica of St. Ambrose - Milan)

St. Ambrose between St. Gervase and St. Protaso (Basilica of St. Ambrose – Milan)

Head of St. Dominic (Bologna)

Head of St. Dominic (Bologna)

St. Dominic (Bologna)

St. Dominic (Bologna)

Bl. Cecilia, Bl. Diana, Bl. Amata, virgins, O.P.

Bl. Cecilia, Bl. Diana, Bl. Amata, virgins, O.P.

Bodies of St. Fusca and St. Maura, martyrs

Bodies of St. Fusca and St. Maura, martyrs

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo - Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo – Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo -Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo -Milan)

St. Luke the Evangelist (Basilica of Santa Giustina - Padua)

St. Luke the Evangelist (Basilica of Santa Giustina – Padua)

St. Prosdocimo, first bishop of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

St. Prosdocimo, first bishop of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

The holy martyrs of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

The holy martyrs of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

St. Matthias the Apostle (Basilica of Santa Giustina - Padua)

St. Matthias the Apostle (Basilica of Santa Giustina – Padua)

St. Leopold Mandic (Padua)

St. Leopold Mandic (Padua)

St. Gregory Barbarigo (Padua)

St. Gregory Barbarigo (Padua)

Relics in the room with St. Catherine of Bologna

Relics in the room with St. Catherine of Bologna

St. Catherine of Bologna

St. Catherine of Bologna

"Here rests the body of St. Juliana, widow." (Venice)

“Here rests the body of St. Juliana, widow.” (Venice)

Body of St. Gregorio, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Gregorio, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Quirinus (Venice)

Body of St. Quirinus (Venice)

Relics of St. Anthony the Abbot (Venice)

Relics of St. Anthony the Abbot (Venice)

St. Marina (Venice)

St. Marina (Venice)

St. Lucy

St. Lucy

St. Lucy (Venice)

St. Lucy (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

"The bones of the martyrs Sts. Cosmas and Damian lie here." (Venice)

“The bones of the martyrs Sts. Cosmas and Damian lie here.” (Venice)

Bones of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Venice)

Bones of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Venice)

Body of St. Cosmas the Hermit (Venice)

Body of St. Cosmas the Hermit (Venice)

Bodies of the holy martyrs St. Justus and St. Fabianus (Venice)

Bodies of the holy martyrs St. Justus and St. Fabianus (Venice)

St. Crescentius, martyr (Venice)

St. Crescentius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Memmia, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Memmia, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Abundius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Abundius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Faustinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Faustinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Justinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Justinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Eugenius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Eugenius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Felix, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Felix, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Clement, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Clement, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Deodatus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Deodatus, martyr (Venice)

Place where St. Teresa of Avila used to go to confession (Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas - Avila, Spain)

Place where St. Teresa of Avila used to go to confession (Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas – Avila, Spain)

St. John of the Cross (Segovia, Spain)

St. John of the Cross (Segovia, Spain)

Faldstool of St. Charles Borromeo (Church of Santa Prassede - Rome)

Faldstool of St. Charles Borromeo (Church of Santa Prassede – Rome)

Throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno - Celian Hill, Rome)

Throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno – Celian Hill, Rome)

Chains of St. Peter (San Pietro in Vincoli - Rome)

Chains of St. Peter (San Pietro in Vincoli – Rome)

St. Joseph Pignatelli (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

St. Joseph Pignatelli (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

Relics of St. Leander and St. Callixtus (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

Relics of St. Leander and St. Callixtus (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

St. Saturnionis (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

St. Saturnionis (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

St. Gaspar de Bufalo (Church of Santa Maria in Trivio - Rome)

St. Gaspar de Bufalo (Church of Santa Maria in Trivio – Rome)

Tomb of Blessed Dionysius, martyr (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

Tomb of Blessed Dionysius, martyr (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

Tomb of St. Eutropius (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

Tomb of St. Eutropius (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

The bodies of the Apostles St. Philip and St. James the Less (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

The bodies of the Apostles St. Philip and St. James the Less (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

The altar where St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe offered his first Mass, and where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne (Church of Sant'Andrea della Fratte - Rome)

The altar where St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe offered his first Mass, and where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne (Church of Sant’Andrea della Fratte – Rome)

St. Alexis (Church of Sant'Alessio - Aventine Hill, Rome)

St. Alexis (Church of Sant’Alessio – Aventine Hill, Rome)

Body of St. Felix of Cantalice, friend of St. Philip Neri (Church of the Immaculate Conception - Rome)

Body of St. Felix of Cantalice, friend of St. Philip Neri (Church of the Immaculate Conception – Rome)

Relic of the arm of St. Francis Xavier (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

Relic of the arm of St. Francis Xavier (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

St. Ignatius Loyola (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

St. Ignatius Loyola (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

St. Josaphat (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

St. Josaphat (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Stanislaus Kostka (Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale - Rome)

St. Stanislaus Kostka (Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale – Rome)

St. Leontia, martyr (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Rome)

St. Leontia, martyr (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Rome)

St. Charles of Sezze (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Trastevere, Rome)

St. Charles of Sezze (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Trastevere, Rome)

Blessed Guido of Cortona, companion of St. Francis of Assisi (Cortona)

Blessed Guido of Cortona, companion of St. Francis of Assisi (Cortona)

Body of Blessed Benedict Sinigardi (Arezzo)

Body of Blessed Benedict Sinigardi (Arezzo)

Tomb of a blessed Camaldolese monk (Arezzo)

Tomb of a blessed Camaldolese monk (Arezzo)

The relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

The relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

Relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

Relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

St. Cassius of Narni. He was the husband of St. Fausta (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca)

St. Cassius of Narni. He was the husband of St. Fausta (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca)

Ashes of St. Cassius of Narni, bishop and confessor

Ashes of St. Cassius of Narni, bishop and confessor

St. Fausta, virgin and martyr. She was the wife of St. Cassius of Narni (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca)

St. Fausta, virgin and martyr. She was the wife of St. Cassius of Narni (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca)

Body of St. Fausta, virgin and martyr

Body of St. Fausta, virgin and martyr

Bl. Elena Guerra (Church of Sant'Agostino - Lucca)

Bl. Elena Guerra (Church of Sant’Agostino – Lucca)

St. Zita (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca, Italy)

St. Zita (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca, Italy)

Pope St. John Paul II

Pope St. John Paul II

St. Faustina, martyr (Church of Santa Maria del Popolo - Rome)

St. Faustina, martyr (Church of Santa Maria del Popolo – Rome)

Tombs of the two deacons St. Lawrence and St. Stephen, and St. Justin Martyr (St. Lawrence outside the Walls - Rome)

Tombs of the two deacons St. Lawrence and St. Stephen, and St. Justin Martyr (St. Lawrence outside the Walls – Rome)

St. Margaret of Cortona (Basilica di Santa Margherita - Tuscany - Cortona, Italy)

St. Margaret of Cortona (Basilica di Santa Margherita – Tuscany – Cortona, Italy)

St. Gemma Galgani (Tuscany - Lucca, Italy)

St. Gemma Galgani (Tuscany – Lucca, Italy)

The Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held (Rome)

The Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held (Rome)

St. Candidus

St. Candidus

Body of Blessed Nicolas of Longobardi. He will be canonized on November, 23, 2014. (Church of St. Francis of Paola - Rome)

Body of Blessed Nicolas of Longobardi. He will be canonized on November, 23, 2014. (Church of St. Francis of Paola – Rome)

St. Frances of Rome (Church of Santa Francesca Romana - Roman Forum)

St. Frances of Rome (Church of Santa Francesca Romana – Roman Forum)

Body of St. Catherine of Siena (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

Body of St. Catherine of Siena (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi. He introduced St. Louis-Marie de Montfort to Pope Clement XI, whose spiritual director he was. (Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle - Rome)

San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi. He introduced St. Louis-Marie de Montfort to Pope Clement XI, whose spiritual director he was. (Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle – Rome)

"Part of the cross of the good thief" (Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme - Rome)

“Part of the cross of the good thief” (Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme – Rome)

St. Tarcisius (Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls - Rome)

St. Tarcisius (Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls – Rome)

Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis (Church of Santa Maria Maddalena - Rome)

Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis (Church of Santa Maria Maddalena – Rome)

Room of relics (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Room of relics (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

Relic of the founder of the Trinitarian Order (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Relic of the founder of the Trinitarian Order (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

St. Aurelius (Church of St. Peter's in Chains - Rome)

St. Aurelius (Church of St. Peter’s in Chains – Rome)

Body of St. Eutropus (Brompton Oratory - London)

Body of St. Eutropus (Brompton Oratory – London)

St. John Southworth (Westminster Cathedral - London)

St. John Southworth (Westminster Cathedral – London)

Many English martyrs were martyred here. (London)

Many English martyrs were martyred here. (London)

Tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Joseph Cafasso (Turin)

St. Joseph Cafasso (Turin)

Tomb of St. Dominic Savio (Basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice - Turin)

Tomb of St. Dominic Savio (Basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice – Turin)

Tomb of St. John Berchmans (Church of Sant'Ignazio - Rome)

Tomb of St. John Berchmans (Church of Sant’Ignazio – Rome)

The room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier, O.P. died (San Clemente - Rome)

The room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier, O.P. died (San Clemente – Rome)

Inscription over the door of the room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier (Dominican) died. (San Clemente - Rome)

Inscription over the door of the room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier (Dominican) died. (San Clemente – Rome)

Tomb of St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr (Bolsena - Italy)

Tomb of St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr (Bolsena – Italy)

The tomb of St. Agnes and her sister St. Emerentiana (St. Agnes outside the Walls - Rome)

The tomb of St. Agnes and her sister St. Emerentiana (St. Agnes outside the Walls – Rome)

Santa Costanza (Rome)

Santa Costanza (Rome)

The body of Santa Costanza and other holy women as well as St. Saturninus and St. Sisinius (Santa Costanza - Rome)

The body of Santa Costanza and other holy women as well as St. Saturninus and St. Sisinius (Santa Costanza – Rome)

Under the altar below rest the bones of St. Timothy.  The altar has since been moved to complete the excavations of the tomb of St. Paul.

Under the altar below rest the bones of St. Timothy. The altar has since been moved to complete the excavations of the tomb of St. Paul.

This inscription in Santa Maria Scala Coeli reads: "Under this church, in the peace of Christ, rest 10,300 soldiers of the Legion of St. Zeno".

This inscription in Santa Maria Scala Coeli reads: “Under this church, in the peace of Christ, rest 10,300 soldiers of the Legion of St. Zeno”.

Santa Maria Scala Coeli (Tre Fontane - Rome)

Santa Maria Scala Coeli (Tre Fontane – Rome)

The place of the martyrdom of St. Paul the Apostle where three fountains miraculously sprung up (Tre Fontane - Rome)

The place of the martyrdom of St. Paul the Apostle where three fountains miraculously sprung up (Tre Fontane – Rome)

The room where St. Paul was kept before his martyrdom (Santa Maria Scala Coeli - Tre Fontane, Rome)

The room where St. Paul was kept before his martyrdom (Santa Maria Scala Coeli – Tre Fontane, Rome)

The altar where St. Bernard of Clairvaux used to offer Mass. He would look through the opening into the room where St. Paul was imprisoned (Santa Maria Scala Coeli - Tre Fontane, Rome)

The altar where St. Bernard of Clairvaux used to offer Mass. He would look through the opening into the room where St. Paul was imprisoned (Santa Maria Scala Coeli – Tre Fontane, Rome)

The prison where St. Francis of Assisi was kept by his father (Assisi)

The prison where St. Francis of Assisi was kept by his father (Assisi)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

Relic from the skull of St. Crisogonus (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Relic from the skull of St. Crisogonus (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

St. Cecilia (Basilica of Santa Cecilia - Trastevere, Rome)

St. Cecilia (Basilica of Santa Cecilia – Trastevere, Rome)

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St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Santa Maria ai Monti – Rome)

St. Boniface, martyr (Rome)

St. Boniface, martyr (Rome)

"Head of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord" (Church of San Silvestro in Capite - Rome)

“Head of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord” (Church of San Silvestro in Capite – Rome)

Head of St. Peter Julian Eymard (San Claudio - Rome)

Head of St. Peter Julian Eymard (San Claudio – Rome)

Body of St. Gregory Nazianzen (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Body of St. Gregory Nazianzen (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. John XXIII (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. John XXIII (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Joseph Calasanctius (Church of San Pantaleo - Rome)

St. Joseph Calasanctius (Church of San Pantaleo – Rome)

Pope St. Pius X (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Pius X (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

The original Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Church of St. Alfonso - Rome) Queen of all Saints!

The original Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Church of St. Alfonso – Rome) Queen of all Saints!

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