UCA News
Spiritual Resources
Saint Clement I and Saint Columban
Monday, 23 November 2020

Saint Clement I
Pope Clement I is recognized as third in succession to Peter. Other than the fact that he lived in the 1st century, little is known about his life or death. Tradition suggests Clement was a contemporary of Peter and Paul, perhaps a former slave of the imperial court. He was martyred in exile about AD 99.

Clement’s fame rests in a letter he wrote to the Church of Corinth when Christians there revolted against their leaders. Intervening as Bishop of Rome, he clearly expected obedience, an attitude that demonstrated the primacy of Rome at an early date. When Clement was imprisoned he is recorded to have led a ministry among fellow prisoners.

Saint Columban
Columban lived from the middle of the 6th century until 615. Born in Ireland, he was one of the greatest of the Irish monks who carried Celtic Christianity throughout Europe at a time when paganism threatened to extinguish the faith.

When he was 40, Columban and 12 companions left their monastic school in Ireland for Gaul (now France) to preach the Gospel. Within 10 years, three monastic foundations had been established and the court and the local bishops felt threatened by their power. Columban and those who were Irish were compelled to leave but the monasteries were permitted to carry on.

Columban spent the rest of his life in Europe preaching and building new foundations which survived for centuries. Many Irish monks followed his example. 

Contribute to
help UCA News
Your support will help us grow the Catholic Church's media mission in Asia. We are happy to gift you a complementary copy of The Pontificate PDF/e-Book.
The pontificate of Francis has been prophetic. Get this 184-page PDF/e-Book consisting of 14 narrative essays, summarizing the key features of Francis' papacy.
Today's Mass
Mass on Demand - Monday 23 November 2020
Sunday Gospel reflection with Father William Grimm
27 November 2020

Faith, hope and love are virtues directed toward past, future and present. In Advent, we remind ourselves to be ever ready to meet and love the Lord who has come, who will come, who comes.

© Copyright 2020, Union of Catholic Asian News Limited. All rights reserved