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Topic: St Gregory the Great

When, next year, Benedict XVI’s predecessor is canonised, will he once more be spontaneously acclaimed as ‘John Paul the Great’? He will by me

Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See

Benedict XVI recalls life of St Gregory the Great

Today is the Doctor of the Church’s feast day

‘We have heard that the English wish to be converted’

St Homorius (September 30), the fifth Archbishop of Canterbury, was a key figure in the establishment of Christianity in England

Daily readings: August 29 – September 4

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Vatican approves English feast days

The feast days commemorate St Gregory the Great, St Thomas Becket, the English Martyrs and St Augustine of Canterbury