Catholic Church History through the writings of the  Saints, Popes and Others.         

                                                                              

   These links are pointed to the writings of the saints, popes and other notable Catholic individuals through the ages. The writings span from the early church Fathers to modern day apologetics. Credit for many of these links should be given to  John Mark Ockerbloom 's web directory called Catholic Resources. <spok+catholic@cs.cmu.edu> - 

Indexes

Ecole Initiative: Early Church History on the Web (at Evansville 

Guide to Medieval Christian Spirituality (at Toronto) 

Internet Medieval Sourcebook (at Fordham)

  Jesuits and the Sciences, 1600-1800 (exhibit at Loyola) 

Local Catholic: A Church History and Genealogy Research Guide and Directory (by the Mensch family) 

A short hypertext history of Catholicism in Great Britain (from Brown)

 The Notre Dame Archives Catalog lists a large number of resources on Catholic history in the US available off-line at Notre Dame.

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Writings of Church Fathers/Doctors/Saints (at American University)

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Selected writings of the Apostolic Fathers (from UPenn Gopher)

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The Early Church Fathers (multi-volume set at CCEL)

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St. Pachomius Library (on the Orthodox Page)

The Didache (first or second century)

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The Didache, or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (at american.edu)

Pope St. Clement of Rome (pope 92 - 101)

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First Epistle to the Corinthians (c. 96; at american.edu)

Attributed to Clement:
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Second Epistle (c. 150; at Penn)

St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 107)

Epistles of Ignatius to the following communities ( click here for the links at CCEL)
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 Epistle to the Ephesians

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 Epistle to the Magnesians

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 Epistle to the Philadelphians

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Epistle to the Trallians

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Epistle to the Romans

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Epistle to the Smyrnaeans: 

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Epistle to Polycarp

About St. Ignatius:
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From the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Barnabas 

Some links at CCEL refering to early writing of St.Barnabas

St. Polycarp (c. 69 - c. 155)

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Epistle of Polycarp CCEL (c. 130)

About Polycarp:
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The Martyrdom of Polycarp (2nd century)

St. Justin Martyr (c. 100 - c. 165)

By Justin Martyr (authorship undisputed): CCEL
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First Apology

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Second Apology 

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Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew

About Justin Martyr:
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From the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913

Hermas (2nd century)

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The Shepherd of Hermas: American, EWTN

Mathetes (2nd century)

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Epistle to Diognetus CCEL c.160

Tatian the Syrian (2nd century)

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Address to the Greeks, and Fragments (at EWTN)

Athenagoras of Athens (late 2nd century)

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A Plea for the Christians (c. 177; at ETWN)

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On the Resurrection of the Dead (c. 177; at ETWN)

St. Irenaeus (late 2nd century)

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Against Heresies at CCEL

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Fragments of writings of Ireneaus

About Irenaeus:
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From the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913

Theophilus of Antioch (late 2nd century)

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To Autolycus (c. 180; at ETWN)

St. Perpetua (d. 203)

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The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity (at Fordham)

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 - c. 215)

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Exhortation to the Greeks (Protrepticus) (at EWTN)

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The Tutor (Paedagogus) (at EWTN)

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The Miscellanies (Stromata): I-II, III-V, VI-VIII (at EWTN)

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Fragments (at EWTN)

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Who is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? (at EWTN)

Tertullian (c. 155 - c. 220)

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Biographical page and writings at American University.

Minucius Felix (contemporary of Tertullian)

Article from Catholic Encyclopedia of America

Hippolytus of Rome (c. 170 - c. 236)

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The Refutation of All Heresies (at New Advent)

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The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus: Exegetical (at New Advent)

Origen (184 - 254)

Commentary on the life of Origen plus links to his work

Pope St. Anterus (pope 235 - 236)

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Epistle on the Translation of Bishops and Episcopal Seats (at New Advent)

Pope St. Fabian (pope 236 - 250)

Article from Catholic Encyclopedia about the life of St.Fabian

St. Cyprian (c. 200 - 258)

See this page at American University.

Commodianus (fl. c. 240)

Introductory Note to the Works of Commodianus

St. Athanasius (c. 295 - 373)

Article from Enyclopedia Brittanica about the life of Athanasius

A chronology of his life, letters, epistle to Ruffinian; links from CCEL

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315 - c. 386)

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The Procatechesis or Prologue to the Catechetical Lectures (at ocf.org)

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First Catechetical Lecture (at ocf.org)

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Second Catechetical Lecture (at ocf.org)

St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 - c. 394)

See this page at Black Hills State University.

St. John Chrysostom (c. 346 - 407)

Web page for St. John Chrysostom written and maintained by an Orthodox Priest. Contains biographical information and writings. 

St. Jerome (c. 347 - 420)

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Vulgate Bible (at OBI Gopher)

St. Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

The Confessions

The City of God

Sermons of St. Augustine in Latin

Web page for St. Augustine maintained by J.J. O'Donnell professor of the classics at Penn. University

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Collection of links for the works of St.Augustine

St. John Cassian (c. 360 - 435)

Article from Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Patrick (c. 389 - 461)

Aricle from the Christian Archive by Dr.Ralph Wilson

Hymn on St. Patrick by Secundinus (in Ireland)

Pope St. Leo I ("the Great") (pope 440 - 461)

Letters of Pope Leo I at CCEL

St. Benedict (480 - 547)

St. John Abbey ( Collegeville, MN) web page - will tell you all you need to know about St. Benedict and his rule

Cassiodorus (c. 490 - c. 585)

Biographical data and writings of Cassiodorus - maintained by Dr. James O Donnel professor  of classics at the University of Pennsylvannia

Pope St. Gregory I ("the Great") (c. 540 - 604, became pope 590)

Article from the Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Writings of St.Anselm - Proslogium, Monologium, Cur Deus Homo

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153)

Some letters of St. Bernard (CCEL)

St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225 - 1274)

Thomas Aquinas in English has the most complete listing of his texts, both in electronic and print formats. See also the following links:
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Of God and His Creatures (abridged translation of Summa Contra Gentiles)

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On Being and Essence (HTML at Fordham)

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On the Eternity of the World (HTML at Fordham)

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On the Principles of Nature (HTML at Toronto)

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Summa Theologica (HTML at knight.org)
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See also A Companion to the Summa by Walter Farrell, OP

About St. Thomas Aquinas:
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Thomas Institute (in the Netherlands)

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The Aristotle archive at Notre Dame has a number of articles and books on Thomas Aquinas and Thomism.

Pope Boniface VIII (c. 1235 - 1303, became pope 1294)

See this page at American University.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380)

        Article from EWTN

    Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380 - 1471)

The Imitation of Christ - Electronic Version at Cyber Library

Nicholas of Cusa (1401 - 1464)

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"Where is He That is Born King of the Jews?" (1456; tr. by L. Miller; HTML at SUNY Stony Brook)

Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466 - 1536)

See this page at Sewanee.

Pope Paul III (1468 - 1549, became pope 1534)

See this page at American University.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556)

Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (CCEL)

 Jesuit homepage

St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

The Tersian Carmel in Austria  article describing the life of St. Teresa and links to a complete electronic version of the Way of Perfection.

Interior Castle (CCEL)

St. John of the Cross (1542 - 1591)

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Tersian Carmel in Austria - collection of the works of St.John

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The Living Flame of Love (HTML in Austria)

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Sayings of Light and Love (HTML in Austria)

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, aka Nicholas Herman (1661 - 1691)

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The Practice of the Presence of God

Pope Benedict XIV (1675 - 1758, became pope 1740)

See this page at American University.

Blaise Pascal

Pensees at Cyber Library

St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696 - 1787)

Uniformity with God's will translated by Thomas W. Tobin CSSR

Pope Gregory XVI (1765 - 1846, became pope 1831)

See this page at American University.

Pope Pius IX (1792 - 1878, became pope 1846)

See this page at American University.

Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 - 1890, received into Catholic Church 1845)

See this page at ic.net.

Newmans Apologia Pro Vita Sua (CCEL)

Pope Leo XIII (1810 - 1903, became pope 1878)

See this page at American University.

St. Pius X (1835 - 1914, became pope 1903)

See this page at American University.

Pope Benedict XV (1854 - 1922, became pope 1914)

See this page at American University.

Pope Pius XI (1857 - 1939, became pope 1922)

See this page at American University.

Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

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Survivals and New Arrivals (1929; at EWTN)

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The Great Heresies (1930; at EWTN)

Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson (1871 - 1914, received into Catholic Church 1903)

See this page at Notre Dame.
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Papers of a Pariah (1907)

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936, received into Catholic Church 1922)

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Heretics (1905; Gutenberg text)

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Additional writings (on various topics; courtesy On-Line Books Page)

Pope Pius XII (1876 - 1958, became pope 1939)

See this page at American University.

Blessed Titus Brandsma (1881 - 1942)

See this page by Bro. Charlie in Arizona.

Pope John XXIII (1881 - 1963, became pope 1958)

See this page at American University.

Jacques Maritain (1882 - 1973)

By Jacques Maritain:
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Reflections on America (1958)

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Transcriptions of Jacques Maritain Papers

About Jacques Maritain:
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Jacques Maritain Center (at Notre Dame)

St. Teresa Benedicta (aka Edith Stein), OCD (1891 - 1942)

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The Hidden Life: Hagiographic Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts (in Austria)

Florent E. Franke (1895 - 1993)

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Hail, Mary! Six Thousand Titles and Praises of Our Lady (1983)

Pope Paul VI (1897 - 1978, became pope 1963)

See this page at American University.

Dorothy Day (1897 - 1980, received into Catholic Church 1927)

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Dorothy Day Library on the Web (at the Catholic Worker)

Walter Farrell, O.P. (1901 - 1953)

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A Companion to the Summa (1938-1942)

John Courtney Murray (1904 - 1967)

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Religious Liberty: Catholic Struggles With Pluralism (1993 collection)

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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Two talks reprinted in the 1995 edition of Eberhard Arnold's Why We Live in Community:
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Building Community on God's Love (1968)

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Community, Politics, and Contemplation (1968)

Pope John Paul II (born 1920, became pope 1978)

See this page at American University.

Augustine Ichiro Okumura, OCD (born 1923)

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Awakening to Prayer (1994)

Thomas J. Reese, SJ (born 1945)

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Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989)

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Episcopal Conferences: Historical, Canonical, and Theological Studies (1989)

Terrye Newkirk (born 1946)

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The Mantle of Elijah : The Martyrs of Compiègne as Prophets of the Modern Age

Karl Rahner

Commentary on Christian Foundations by Mark Fisher