Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 11: Pope Saint Paschal I

Pope Saint Pascal I


Paschal became pope in 817. At the time, the emperor of Rome was a Christian and respected Pope Paschal’s authority. But when the emperor’s son, Lothair, took over in 823, everything changed. Lothair tried to intervene in a crime by having his own trial instead of allowing Paschal to deal with it according to Church law. Paschal tried to correct him, but instead Lothair passed some laws restricting the pope’s authority.  


These days, we are once again seeing national governments and international bodies like the United Nations trying to interfere with Church teaching. Today, pray that God’s Church will win these conflicts, and that all Catholics will come to know and understand why the Catholic way is the right way.

Saint Paschal, pray for us!

More reading for parents:

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Special Note: Today is also the optional memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, commemorating the Blessed Mother's first appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!