"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.  

Saint Alberic Crescitelli

Alberic Crescitelli was born on June 30, 1863, the fourth of ten children, in Altavilla Irpina in the province of Avellino and the diocese of Benevento. His father was named Beniamino, a pharmacist in the village, and his mother ...

Saint Arnold Janssen

Arnold Janssen was born on November 5, 1837 in Goch, a small town in Lower Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. As the second of ten brothers, he learned from his father to be a man of deep piety. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1861 ...

Saint Guido Maria Conforti

Saint Guido Maria Conforti was born in Casalora di Ravadese near Parma on March 30, 1865 from his parents Rinaldo and Antonia Adorni, the eighth of 10 children. In Parma, he attended primary school at the Brothers of the Christian ...

Biographies from around the world


Benedict XVI: Catechesis on the Witnesses of the Faith.

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