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Extraordinary People

Life stories of people who deserve to be known for who they were, what they did and what they stood for in their journey on earth.

The Power of Forgiveness

Hero of his people’s anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. In working to free his country from racial division, he led an…

A New Filipino "Saint"

The young Claretian priest Fr. Rhoel (1965-2000), missionary at the dangerous periphery of the archipelago, was conscious of the possibility of a violent death, but he would never abandon his people.…

Pioneer of Catholic Social Doctrine

Italian economist and political theorist, university professor, family man and father of seven, Joseph Toniolo (1845-1918) became known for his work with Pope Leo XIII on the landmark encyclical Rerum…

The Root of the Huge Tree

Son of a pagan family, Fr. Michael was a true pastor close to the people, poor and exemplary. He was sent to a monastery in England to prepare him to introduce monasticism to Nigeria, but God had a…

Poet, mystic, martyr

Good looking, well educated, upper middle class Englishman who subsequently became a Catholic John Bradburne (1921-1979), fought as an officer during World War II. He was a restless traveler until he…

An outstanding Christian politician

Family man and daily communicant, Alcide De Gasperi (1881-1954) courageously led the Italian delegation at the Paris Peace Conference that concluded World War II in 1946 and guided Italy’s…

God’s dwelling place

Endowed with a strong, energetic temperament, the young French woman Elizabeth Catez (1880-1906), was called by God to gather the spiritual legacy of her contemporary, the great Therese of Lisieux.…

The “cowboy” priest

The vast expanses of the Argentine pampas (plains) saw Fr. José Gabriel (1840-1914) indefatigably ride his mule to visit his scattered parishioners. He started for them schools, hospitals, roads, post…

Words of a literary craftsman

Poet, historian and journalist, Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (1917–2004) is best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. Considered the best writer after national hero José Rizal,…

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