Saint Berno of Cluny

JANUARY 13 is the feast day of ST. BERNO OF CLUNY (+ 927) Saint Berno of Cluny was born around 850 AD in Burgundy, France. His father was, probably, Odon, the hero noble. This man saved the lives of numerous Benedictine monks when the Vikings attacked the interior of...

POPE DAMASUS II—Pope Number 151

Pope Damasus II had one of the shortest papacies on record. 23 days. About what he did there is little record. About how he got into that position there is a great deal of information. Born Poppo de Curagnoni, he was born in Pildenau, in the Duchy of Bavaria. This was...

DO YOU KNOW OF ST. THOMAS, THE APOSTLE?

St. Thomas, known as Doubting Thomas, was born a Jew. He was probably a twin, also, since he was called Didymus, Greek for twin.. Born in Galilee, he was martyred far from home in what is now Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India. Most of what we know about him is by tradition,...

POPE CLEMENT II, ANOTHER ASSASSINATED POPE?

Suidger von Morsleben was born in Hornburg, Saxony (Germany) around 967. His parents were Count Konrad of Hornburg and his wife, Amilrad. Young Suidger went to Halberstadt to study and became a canon. In 1032, he became the chaplain for Archbishop Hermann of...

POPE GREGORY VI: THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE PAPACY

Giovanni Graziano, in English, John Gratian, was born in the late 900s, in Rome Italy. It is probably a sure thing that his family was well established, since he became the godfather of the child of the very wealthy Tusculum family. About the same time, he was...