Juli zum Doktor der Theologie promoviert wurde. Am Dezember empfing er die niederen Weihen und am Papst Gregor XVI. Die Bischofsweihe spendete ihm am 8.

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It is a novel set in the 4th century when Diocles and Maximian were the emperors on East and West side of the Roman empire. It was the time of one of the worst ever persecutions that the early Church faced.

In this novel, the saints and martyrs whom we venerate come alive. The well known ones are: St. Sebastian and St. Along with them the entire grim situation that the early Church faced under the irascible ire of the Romans comes alive.

As a reader you feel the Four and Half Stars. As a reader you feel the tensions of the Christians as the rumours depicting Christians as vile creatures, cunning sorcerers and merciless cannibals increased. You feel along with the Christians a longing for the glorious martyrdom. As they rejoice walking towards the Coliseum to face the wild animals, you rejoice with them.

You feel proud of your Faith. As the Christians loved each other and tried to practice the virtue of forgiveness with the slimy betrayers and ruthless executioners, you feel sad for not practicing the Faith.

The scenes of St. The tears were tears of JOY. The fact that I had visited the Church of St. Agnes in Rome added a personal touch to it. The writer, Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman also gives the necessary historical details necessary for the comprehension of the novels.

You get an idea of Roman customs, the information of the important architectural monuments - catacombs, John, the Lateran Basilica, etc. If you had visited Rome, it is easy to re-live the moments.

If not, still you get an idea of all the places and events and a desire will be instilled in to visit the holy places mentioned. Lastly, it is evidently very Catholic. If you are a Catholic, and if you have not read this one, you certainly need to read this.

You will fall in love with your Faith.


Nicholas Wiseman

In , he was sent to Ushaw College , near Durham , where he was educated until the age of sixteen. Wiseman would later recall that John Lingard , Vice-President of the college at the time, showed the quiet, retiring boy much kindness. In , Wiseman proceeded to the English College in Rome , which had reopened in after being closed by the Napoleonic Wars for twenty years. He graduated with a doctorate of theology with distinction in July , and was ordained to the priesthood 10 March He held this office until


Fabiola: Or, The Church of the Catacombs

Plot summary[ edit ] The story is set in Rome the early 4th century AD, during the time of the persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The heroine of the book is Fabiola, a young beauty from a noble Roman family. She is spoiled by her father Fabius, who cannot deny her anything. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life.

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