The birthdate of St. Christopher is unknown, but he is thought to have died around 251 A.D. Most of what is known about St. Christopher is based on legend and it is believed that he may not have existed. Therefore, he was dropped form the official Catholic Church calendar in 1969.
Many local churches do recognized St. Christopher. His feast day is celebrated on July 25. He is considered to be the patron saint of travelers based on the meaning of his name, which is "Christ-bearer." According to legend, St. Christopher carried the Christ child across a river and found him heavy because the child was carrying the "weight of the world."Learn More
St. Michael was never canonized. He was first known as the archangel Michael and the Catholic church has never canonized angels. If the church wishes to pay liturgical honors to an angel, they give him the title of saint, since the angels have always resided in Heaven.Full Answer >
St. Patrick was a British priest who spent six years of his youth as a slave in Ireland and later returned there as a Catholic missionary. Although at first he was in danger of being martyred, ultimately his mission met with great success. His autobiography "The Confession" tells of the dreams and voices that led to his conversion and his return to Ireland to fulfill his mission.Full Answer >
In 385 A.D., St. Patrick was born near Dumbarton, Scotland to Roman-British parents, so he was Roman-British by birth. At the age of 14, he was captured and enslaved by Irish raiders, who put him to work tending sheep in Ireland.Full Answer >
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, lived in Egypt for a short period with his parents, then grew up in Nazareth. After he started to preach his gospel, he was essentially a homeless wanderer throughout Israel.Full Answer >