Saint of the day

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Date 05 January

The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith.

St. Edward, King of England

Crowned King of England in 1043, beloved by the people, he was a mild and gentle sovereign of profound prayer: he promoted peace, abolished war taxes to help the poorest of the poor, and built a monastery out of which would grow the Abbey of Westminster.  

St. John N. Neumann, Bishop of Philadelphia, United States

A native of Bohemia, St. John lived in the United States (1811-1860), and ministered to the immigrant poor. He entered the Redemptorists and was named Bishop of Philadelphia, where he built churches and schools, especially on the outskirts of the city. He also wrote a catechism for young people.