Saints of the Day Saints and biographies from the Catholic calendar. This site is copyright © 2017 Universalis Publishing Limited. Universalis Publishing Ltd http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml http://universalis.com/static/bin/icon80.png 2017-01-22T19:00:00Z http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170120.0 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z Pope St Fabian (- 250)
Celebrated: 20 Jan (worldwide)
He became Pope in 236 and was martyred on 20 January 250, during the persecution of the Emperor Decius. See the articles in Wikipedia and the Catholic Encyclopaedia.
http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170120.1 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z St Sebastian
Celebrated: 20 Jan (worldwide)
Nothing is known about St Sebastian except the fact that he was martyred early on in the persecutions of Diocletian. St Ambrose knew of him and states that he was already venerated in Milan in the fourth century. One of the seven chief churches of Rome was built over his grave in 367.
All else (his youth, his martyrdom by arrows) is fiction, some of it dating from more than a thousand years after his death. But what we know is what we need to know. For the Christians of the fourth century the important, the true, the sufficient fact about Sebastian was that he was a martyr, and they venerated him as such. It should be enough for us as well. See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.
http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170120.2 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z 2017-01-19T19:00:00Z Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi (1903 - 1964)
Celebrated: 20 Jan (Nottingham, Nigeria, Southern Africa)
Father Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was born in Nigeria in 1903. He was brought up by the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) and trained as a teacher and a catechist. Later he decided to join the seminary and in 1937 he was ordained a priest. In 1950 he left his Diocese in order to go to England where he joined the Cistercian Abbey of Mount St Bernard, near Nottingham. He had been singled out as the ideal candidate to be trained in England and then return to establish a Trappist Monastery in the Diocese of Onitsha in Nigeria. Fr Tansi lived the monastic life with great faith and humility. Absorbed in prayer, he was a living example of patience and charity. Early in 1964 he was diagnosed with aortic aneurysm and died two weeks later on 20 January 1964. See the article in Wikipedia.
http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170121.0 2017-01-20T19:00:00Z 2017-01-20T19:00:00Z St Agnes (- 304)
Celebrated: 21 Jan (worldwide)
As with so many of the early Roman martyrs, very little is now known about Agnes’ life. Partly this is because the details have been obscured by the light that shines from her martyrdom and the cult that it inspired, and partly because if you are martyred at the age of 12, your life has not really acquired that many details in any case. Agnes was filled with the love of God from an early age, vowed herself to celibacy, and when the opportunity of martyrdom arose, she did not hide away but stepped forward and took it.
That is really all that is known: but it is enough. We who are used to compromising with the world at every turn, and would find excuses to avoid any inconveniences that our faith might cause us, let alone martyrdom (“yes, of course I would die for my faith in principle, but wouldn’t I be able to do more good in the long run if I stayed alive just now?”), should admire the simple wisdom of Agnes, realise that there are moments where compromise and moral ambiguity just will not do, and pray for the strength to live up to such moments when they happen. See the article in Wikipedia.
http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170122.0 2017-01-21T19:00:00Z 2017-01-21T19:00:00Z In other years: St Vincent (- 304)
Celebrated: 22 Jan (worldwide)
23 Jan (United States)

He was born in Huesca and became a deacon of the church of Saragossa (Zaragoza). He was tortured to death in Valencia, in the persecution of Diocletian. After his death, his cult spread rapidly through the Roman Empire. See the article in Wikipedia.
http://universalis.com/atomabout.xml#20170122.1 2017-01-21T19:00:00Z 2017-01-21T19:00:00Z Saint Publius
Celebrated: 22 Jan (Malta)
As the Acts of the Apostles narrates, when St Paul and his companions were shipwrecked on Malta, they were welcomed by Publius, the prefect of the island, and entertained hospitably for three days on his estates. St Paul healed his sick father.
Publius is revered as the first Bishop of Malta. See also the article in Wikipedia.