Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Martiri E Santi del Calendario Romano

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Martiri E Santi del Calendario Romano

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Martiri a santi del Calendario Romano. By Enrico Pepe. (Rome: Citta Nuova Editrice. 1999. Pp. 770. Lire 42,000 paperback.)

This reference work includes 172 short biographies of saints, organized in the order of the liturgical calendar. Each entry-some of which consider a group of saints-consists of a short, referenced quotation from a work by or about the subjects, followed by their life story and a brief analysis of their importance. The entries range in length from two to ten pages. The scope of Pepe's work is truly encyclopedic in both a chronological and a geographic sense. His subjects include representatives of many periods of Christian history, from biblical figures and a wide range of early martyrs to such nineteenth- and twentieth-century figures as Teresa of Lisieux, Maria Goretti, Pius X, and Maximilian Kolbe (the most recent person treated). Pepe has been completely up-todate in the sense that he includes figures recently canonized by Pope John Paul II, such as Andrew Kim Taegon, Andrew Dung-Lac, and their companions in martyrdom.

Other than the presence of the saint in the Roman calendar, the principles of inclusion are not immediately obvious, nor are they specified in the meager preface (which is not by Pepe). Despite the obvious constraints, there is an attempt to include saints from eastern Europe (for example, Stanislaus of Cracow, Elizabeth of Hungary, and Josaphat Kuncewycz). As might be expected from a European author who spent much of his priestly life in Brazil, there is also a deep concern with "missionary" saints (for example, in addition to several mentioned above,Ansgar, Rose of Lima, Isaac Jogues, and Charles Lwanga). Founders of religious orders are also well represented: complementing Francis, Dominic, and Ignatius are Cajaten, Angela Merici, Antony Zaccaria, Camillus of Lellis, and Joseph Calasanz. …

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