Pope Cletus

Pope Anacletus also known as Cletus, was bishop of Rome, following Peter and Linus. He served as pope between  79 and his death, around the year 92. Cletus was a Roman who, ordained a number of priests.  He is believed to have set up about 25 parishes in Rome. He is mentioned in the Roman Canon of the mass;
Cletus was traditionally understood to have been a Roman who served as pope for twelve years. For the first two centuries, the dates of the start and the end of the popes are uncertain. According to tradition, Pope Cletus divided Rome into twenty-five parishes. One of the few surviving records concerning his papacy mentions him as having ordained a number of priests.

Cletus was buried next to his predecessor, Linus, near the grave of Peter, in what is now Vatican City. His feast day is April 26.

Franca Visalta

Franca Visalta was also known as Franca of Piacenza, was a Cistercian abbess.

She was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1170.  She became a Benedictine nun in St Syrus Convent at the age of seven and became an abbess at a young age. She was removed as abbess and isolated because of the severe life she imposed. Only one nun, Carentia, agreed with Franca’s discipline and she moved to a Cistercian convent in Rapallo. Franca then persuaded her parents to build a Cistercian house in Montelana where she and Carentia both entered. Franca became abbess and maintained the strict austerities on herself, even when her health was failing.  She spent most nights praying for several hours in chapel. She later moved the Cistercian community to Pittoli, where she died in 1218. Franca was canonized by Pope Gregory X.

Mary of Clopas

According to the Gospel of John, Mary of Clopas was one of the women present at the crucifixion of Jesus.  She brought some of the supplies for his burial.  Sources suggest that she was the wife of Clopas, who may have been a brother of Saint Joseph.

Along with Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of James, Mary of Clopas is known as one of the Three Marys at the tomb of Jesus. Her relics are said to be in France at the Church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Mary of Clopas is explicitly mentioned only in John 19:25, where she is with the women present at the crucifixion of Jesus.  The Gospels of Mark and Matthew each include similar passages. This has led some scholars to identify Mary of Clopas as the mother of James and Joseph.  She was with the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices.

Jerome (347-420), writing Against Helvidius in defense of the perpetual virginity of the mother of Jesus, said the brothers of Jesus were children of Mary of Clopas, the sister of the mother of Jesus, making them first cousins of Jesus. Jerome also identified James, with the Apostle James, son of Alphaeus, and thus supposed that Mary of Clopas was married to Alphaeus.

Gerard of Toul

Gerard was born around  935 in Cologne, Germany to the nobles Ingranne and Emma.  He was educated in Cologne and known for his piety.  It is believed that he entered the priesthood after his mother was struck by lightning killing her.  After he was ordained, he became the canon of the Cologne Cathedral.

Toul was independent at this time.  Gerard was a  successful and respected leader after he was appointed as the Bishop of Toul, and consecrated on March 19, 963.  Bruno the Great – on the behalf of Pope John XII – appointed him to the Toul diocese.  He established religious schools in the diocese and he invited European scholars, especially Greek scholars, to come teach and learn there.  He rebuilt churches, including the Toul Cathedral which he consecrated in 981. Gerard also founded a convent for nuns.  Gerard avoided meeting with Emperor Otto II who wanted to have the bishop close to him as an advisor.

He had the relics of both Saint Mansuetus and Saint Aprus, earlier bishops of the diocese, brought and placed in the church.  He is said to have come up with the use of goutweed, which used to be called “herb Gerald”, to treat gout in the Middle Ages.

Gerard also fought against government intervention in church matters. He died during the night on April 23, 994.
Pope Leo IX, was a pope who served in Toul, canonized him a saint on October 21, 1050.

Senhorinha of Basto

Senhorinha of Basto is thought to have been born into the noble Sousa family in 924 She was raised by her aunt, Blessed Godinha, abbess of the Benedictine convent of St. John of Vieira, Senhorinha also joined the Benedictines and succeeded her aunt as abbess at Vieira. Later, she moved the convent of Vieira to Basto near Braga, Portugal.  She died on April 22, 982.

Senhorinha of Basto was canonized by Paio Mendes, Archbishop of Braga, in 1130, at a time when bishops had the authority to canonize faithful people in their dioceses. King Sancho I of Portugal was one famous devotee who made the pilgrimage to cure his son and heir, Afonso II, who was healed and succeeded Sancho I as king of Portugal. Her feast day is April 22.