"But, above all, as we have already said, it is a holy life that is indispensable for those who are getting ready for the apostolate. Indeed, it is necessary that the one who preaches God be, in fact, a man of God".  

 


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Biographies and reflections on the lives of witnesses

 

The Martyrs and Saints - canonized or beatified – today’s evangelizers and those of bygone ages, these are the hands and feet of God, carrying the proclamation of the Gospel to peoples of every continent. Their hearts, minds, and activities - indeed, their very lives - announce Christ, the same yesterday, today and always.  

Father Augustus Tolton

The first black priest of the United States of America was born in Ralls County, Missouri, on April 1, 1854, from two slaves, Peter Paul Tolton and Martha Jane. Augustus' father was one of 180,000 black soldiers who perished in ...

Heinrich Hahn

Dr. Heinrich Hahn was born on August 29, 1800, in Aachen to a family that was particularly sensitive to religion, which instilled in him the practice of praying the daily rosary, a habit that he kept up with until his death on ...

Sister Mary Glowrey

The Servant of God, Mary Glowrey, J.M.J, was born in Birregurra in the state of Victoria, Australia in 1887 to Catholic parents of Irish descent, the third of nine children. She was brilliant in her studies and excelled in many ...

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Benedict XVI: Catechesis on the Witnesses of the Faith.

Missionary Witnesses contained in the Guide