Saint of the day

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Date 28 June

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. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lion and Martyr

Sant'Ireneo, Nunziatura Apostolica a Parigi

Saint Irenaeus was the first great theologian of the Church. His name, which means “peaceful” in Greek, matched the pattern of his life. He is noted for his defence of the Gospel against the various heresies of his day. As Bishop of Lyons, he was always a “good shepherd.” He died in the year 202.  

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St Paul I, Pope

Saint Paul I, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

In the middle of the eighth century, St Paul I became the first, and thus far only, man to succeed his brother in the See of Peter. During the era of the Lombards, Pope St Paul I saved many relics of Christian saints from plundering.