Saint Maximilian Kolbe

1894 AD (Zduńska Wola, Poland) – 1941 AD (Auschwitz, Poland) Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe came from a very simple family in Poland. His parents were basket weavers and his mum later became a midwife and often helped the poor for free. When Maximilian was a child, Jesus’ mum, Mary appeared to him and offered him…

Saint John Paul II

1920 AD (Wadowice, Poland) – 2005 AD (Apostolic Palace, Vatican City) Saint John Paul II was the pope not long ago. Do you know who the pope is? The pope is the head of the Catholic Church, who follows in the footsteps of Saint Peter, the first pope. And did you know that the pope…

Saint John of the Cross

1542 AD (Fontiveros, Spain) – 1591 AD (Ubeda, Spain) Saint John of the Cross, who lived around five hundred years ago and was a friend of Saint Teresa of Ávila, was one of the greatest poets ever and is still famous for having written some of the most beautiful verses in the Spanish language. Listen…

Saint John the Apostle

15 AD (Jerusalem, Israel) – 100 AD (Ephesus, Turkey) 27 December Saint John the Apostle was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, like Saints Peter and Thomas, but he was a bit special. He was probably the youngest among them, just a boy, while the others were already grown men. He was also among…

Servant of God Antoni Gaudí

1852 AD (Reus, Catalonia, Spain) – 1926 AD (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) Antoni Gaudí was excellent at designing beautiful buildings – he was an architect. In Barcelona, the Catalan city where he lived around a hundred years ago, you can see many of his masterpieces even today. From when Antoni was little, he liked nature a…

Saint Francis of Assisi

1181/1182 AD (Assisi, Italy) – 1226 AD (Assisi, Italy) Saint Francis was born into a rich and noble family from the town of Assisi in the north of Italy. His father was a wealthy businessman who sold fabrics and wanted him to continue in his trade. Instead, Francis was all about having a good time…

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

1207 AD (Bratislava, Slovakia) – 1231 AD (Hesse, Germany) Saint Elizabeth was a princess who lived almost a thousand years ago! She was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and she was only four years old when her family decided whom she will marry. This was quite usual among royal families in the…

Saint Clare of Assisi

Clare was still a young girl when she already had a great love of praying. Did you know that praying is really just talking to God? And did you know that you can tell Him everything? Clare did, and she also knew that she wanted to become a nun. Her parents instead wanted her to…

Blessed Chiara “Luce” Badano

1971 AD (Sassello, Italy) – 1990 AD (Sassello, Italy) Chiara was born just over forty years ago in Sassello, a small town in the north of Italy. As a young girl she was full of energy and loved dancing, music and sports. And do you know what her favorite sport was? It was tennis! Do…

Saint Anselm

1033 AD (Aosta, Italy) – 1109 AD (Canterbury, England) Have you ever wanted to go to Heaven? So did Saint Anselm! As a small boy he loved listening to his mum, who told him about God ruling the world from the heights of Heaven. So, one day, he decided to climb a great mountain near…

Saint Andrej Rublev

1360-1370 AD (?) – 1427 or 1430 AD (Moscow, Russia) Saint Andrej is quite an unusual Saint! He was a monk who lived in Russia and became famous because of his great paintings of stories from the Bible. We don’t know much else about him really! We do know his job was to paint and…

Saint Ambrose

339 AD (Trier, Germany) – 397 AD (Milan, Italy) Saint Ambrose was a very curious saint! What would you think if I told you that he was the chief of police in the city of Milan in Italy? Do you think that a policeman would make a good saint? Jesus came to call everyone to…