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Waagen, Wilhelm Heinrich - Geologist and palaeontologist (1841-1900)
Wace, Robert - Poet, born at Jersey, about 1100; died at Bayeux, 1174
Wachter, Eberhard - Painter, born at Stuttgart, (1762-1852)
Wadding, Luke - Historian and theologian, born at Waterford, Ireland (1588-1657)
Wadding, Michael - Mystical theologian, born at Waterford, Ireland (1591-1644)
Waire, Venerable - English friar and martyr, hanged, drawn, and quartered at St. Thomas Waterings in Camberwell, 8 July, 1539
Waitzen, Diocese of - Located in Hungary; suffragan of Gran; probably founded by King St. Stephen
Wakash Indians - A linguistic family inhabiting the western coast of British Columbia, and the west and northwest of Vancouver Island, as well as a small region around Cape Flattery, Washington
Walafrid - German poet and theologian of the ninth century
Walburga, Saint - Fairly lengthy biographical article on this abbess of a double monastery, and author, who died in 777
Waldeck, Principality of - A former state of the German Empire
Waldenses - An heretical sect which appeared in the second half of the twelfth century
Waldsassen, Abbey of - Cistercian monastery founded by Gerwich von Wolmundstein
Waldseemüller, Martin - Learned humanist and celebrated cartographer. A canon of St-Die in Lorraine (1475-1522)
Walenburch, Adrian and Peter von - Auxiliary bishops of Cologne and celebrated controversial theologians, born at Rotterdam at the beginning of the seventeenth century
Wales - Located in the western portion of Great Britain
Walkenried - Cistercian abbey of Germany, situated in the Duchy of Brunswick between Lauterberg and Nordhausen. Founded in 1127 by Countess Adelheid of Klettenberg
Wall, Venerable John - Biography of the English Franciscan priest and missionary, martyred in 1679
Walla-Walla Indians - A Shahaptian tribe dwelling on the Walla-Walla River and the Columbia in Washington and Oregon, from Snake River to the Umatilla
Wallenstein, Albrecht von - Born at Hermanic, Bohemia (1583-1634)
Wallon Henri-Alexandre - Historian and statesman, born at Valenciennes (1812-1904)
Walmesley, Charles - Bishop of Rama, Vicar Apostolic of the Western District, England (1722-1797)
Walpole, Ven. Henry - Converted to Catholicism by the death of Edmund Campion. Walpole became a Jesuit priest, and was arrested as soon as he returned to England. He was martyred in 1595
Walsh, Edward - Irish poet, born at Derry in 1805; died at Cork, 6 August, 1850
Walsh, Patrick - Irish-American journalist and senator (1840-1900)
Walsh, Peter - Irish Franciscan, born at Mooretown, County Kildare, about 1608; died in London, 15 March, 1688
Walsh, Robert - Publicist, diplomat, born at Baltimore, MD., 1785; died at Paris, 7 Feb., 1859
Walsh, Thomas - Bishop of Cambysopolis, born in London in 1777
Walsh, William - Bishop of Meath, Ireland
Walsingham, Thomas - Benedictine historian, died about 1422
Walsingham Priory - It stood a few miles from the sea in the northern part of Norfolk, England
Walter, Ferdinand - Jurist, born at Wetzlar (1794-1879)
Walter of Châtillon - Poet in the second half of the twelfth century, born at Lille; died of the plague in the beginning of the thirteenth century
Walter of Merton - Bishop of Rochester and founder of Merton College, Oxford
Walter of Mortagne - A twelfth-century Scholastic philosopher, and theologian
Walter of St-Victor - Mystic philosopher and theologian of the twelth century
Walter of Winterburn - An English Dominican, cardinal, orator, poet, philosopher, and theologian in the thirteenth century
Waltham Abbey - Formerly located near London
Walther von der Vogelweide - Minnesinger and old poet, born about 1170; died in 1228
Walton, Brian - English Biblical scholar (1600-1661)
Wandelbert - Benedictine monk and theological writer (813-850)
Wangnereck, Heinrich - German theologian, preacher, and author (1595-1664)
War - In its juridical sense, a contention carried on by force of arms between sovereign states, or communities having in this regard the right of states
Ward, Hugh - Irish Hagiographer (1590-1635)
Ward, James Harman - The first Union naval officer to fall in the Civil War
Ward, Margaret, Saint - English martyr, died at Tyburn in 1588
Ward, Mary - Founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ward, Thomas - English controversialist (1652-1708)
Ward, Ven. William - Ward, whose real name was William Webster, was over 40 when he began his studies for the priesthood. He labored for 30 years in England, 20 of which were spent in prison. He was martyred in 1641 at the age of about 80, for the crime of being a priest
Ward, William George - English writer and convert (1812-1882)
Warde, Mary Francis Xavier - Irish-American nun (1810-1884)
Warham, William - Archbishop of Canterbury (1450-1532)
Warsaw, Archdiocese of - Located in Poland
Wartenberg, Franz Wilhelm, Count von - Bishop and cardinal (1593-1661)
Washing of Feet and Hands - Owing to the general use of sandals in Eastern countries the washing of the feet was almost everywhere recognized from the earliest times as a duty of courtesy to be shown to guests
Washington, D.C. - The capital of the United States
Washington, State of - One of the Pacific coast states, popularly known as the 'Evergreen State'
Water, Holy - In the earliest Christian times, water was used for expiatory and purificatory purposes, to a way analogous to its employment under the Jewish Law
Water, Holy, Fonts - Vessels intended for the use of holy water
Water, Liturgical Use of - Besides the holy water which is used in rites of blessing, and the water employed in the washing of feet and hands, and in the baptismal font, water has its recognized place in the ritual of every Mass
Waterford and Lismore - Suffragan of Cashel
Waterson, Ven. Edward - English priest, missionary, and martyr. Executed in 1594 (1593 old style). Biographical entry
Waterton, Charles - English naturalist and explorer (1782-1865)
Waterworth, James - English priest (1806-1876)
Watteau, Jean Antoine - Artist's biography with bibliography
Waverley, Cistercian Abbey of - Founded by William Gifford, the first monastery of the Order of Citeaux in England
Way, Ven. William - English priest and martyr, d. 1588
Way of the Cross - Historical background on this devotion
Way or State - Stages in the spiritual life
Wealth, Use of - The term 'wealth' is not used here in the technical sense in which it occurs in treatises on economic subjects
Wearmouth Abbey - Benedictine monastery in Durham, England
Weathers, William - English bishop (1814-1895)
Webb, Benjamin Joseph - Kentucky editor and historian (1814-1897)
Webbe, Samuel - English composer (1742-1816)
Weber, Beda - Benedictine professor, author, statesman (1798-1859)
Weber, Friedrich Wilhelm - Physician, poet, statesman (1813-1894)
Weber, Heinrich - German Church historian (1834-1898)
Weber, Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von - Composer (1786-1826)
Weedall, Henry - English priest (1788-1859)
Week, Liturgical - The week was regarded as a sacred institution among the Jews owing to the law of the Sabbath rest and its association with the first chapter of Genesis
Wegg-Prosser, Francis Richard - Prominent English convert (1824-1911)
Weingarten - Suppressed Benedictine abbey
Weis, Nicolaus von - Bishop in Lorraine (1796-1869)
Weislinger, Johann Nikolaus - Polemical writer (1691-1755)
Weiss, Johann Baptist - Historian (1820-1899)
Weissenau, Monastery of - Suppressed Premonstratensian house in Wuertemberg
Weitenauer, Ignatius von - Litterateur, exegete, and Orientalist (1709-1783)
Welbourne, Ven. Thomas - A schoolmaster, was martyred at York in 1605
Weld - Name of a prominent English Catholic family
Weld, Frederick Aloysius - New Zealand colonist (1823-1891)
Welle, Prefecture Apostolic of - Located in the extreme north of Belgian Congo, Africa
Wellington, Archdiocese of - Located in New Zealand
Wells, Ven. Swithin - A married lay schoolmaster, hanged opposite his house in 1591 for the crime of attending mass
Wells in Scripture - It is difficult to realize the importance which a country like Palestine attaches to any source of fresh water
Welser, Bartholomeus - German merchant prince (1488-1561)
Welsh Church - The term Welsh Church covers 'the British Church during the Roman period', 'the British Church during the period of Saxon Conquest', and 'the Church of Wales'
Welsh Monastic Foundations - The British church was driven into Wales in the fifth century
Welte, Benedict - Exegete, born at Ratzenried in Wuertemberg (1825-1885)
Wenceslaus, Saint - The patron saint of Bohemia, murdered by his brother c. 929
Wendelin of Trier, Saint - Patron of shepherds. Died c. 617
Weninger, Francis Xavier - Jesuit missionary and author (1805-1888)
Wenrich of Trier - Eleventh-century German ecclesiastico-political writer
Werburgh, Saint - Benedictine abbess, died 699 or 700. Biographical article
Werden - Suppressed Benedictine monastery
Werner, Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias - Prussian convert, poet, and pulpit orator (1768-1823)
Wessel Goesport, John - A fifteenth-century Dutch theologian, born at Groeningen in 1420; died there on 4 Oct., 1489
Wessenberg, Ignaz Heinrich von - Vicar-General and Administrator of the Diocese of Constance (1774-1860)
Wessobrunn - Suppressed Benedictine abbey in Bavaria
West Syrian Rite - The rite used by the Jacobite sect in Syria and by the Catholic Syrians is in its origin simply the old rite of Antioch in the Syriac language
West Virginia - The state bounded by Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and on Kentucky
Westcott, Sebastian - English organist (1524-1583)
Westeraas, Ancient See of - Located in Sweden
Western Schism - Only a temporary misunderstanding, even though it compelled the Church for forty years to seek its true head; it was fed by politics and passions, and was terminated by the assembling of the councils of Pisa and Constance
Westminster, Archdiocese of - Comprises the Counties of Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, and London north of the Thames
Westminster, Matthew of - The name given to the supposed author of a well-known English chronicle, the 'Flores Historiarum'
Westminster Abbey - This most famous of all English abbeys is situated within the precincts of the Royal Palace of Westminster
Westminster Cathedral - A national expression of religious faith given by Roman Catholics to England
Weston, William - Jesuit missionary priest, born at Maidstone
Westphalia - Province of Prussia
Wettingen-Mehrerau, Abbacy Nullius of - Cistercian abbey in Austria
Wetzer, Heinrich Joseph - Learned Orientalist, born at Anzefahr in Hesse-Cassel (1801-1853)
Wharton, Ven. Christopher - Biography of the English priest and martyr, who died in 1600
Wheeling, Diocese of - Located in West Virginia
Whipple, Amiel Weeks - American military engineer and soldier (1818-1863)
Whitaker, Venerable Thomas - Brief biography of this Lancashire priest, martyred in 1646
Whitbread, Venerable Thomas - A native of Essex and Jesuit provincial, refused Titus Oates admission to the Society of Jesus. And the rest, as they say, is history. Whitbread died a martyr in 1679
Whitby, Abbey of - Formerly called Streoneshalh. A Benedictine monastery in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England, founded about 657, as a double monastery, by Oswy, King of Northumberland
Whitby, Synod of - A conference at the monastery of St. Hilda at Whitby or Streanoeshalch. King Oswy with Bishops Colman and Chad represented the Celtic tradition; Alchfrid, son of Oswy, and Bishops Wilfrid and Agilbert that of Rome
White, Andrew - Missionary (1579-1656)
White, Charles Ignatius - American editor and historian (1807-1878)
White, Edward - Grandfather of Stephen Mallory White, born in County Limerick, Ireland, in the latter part of the eighteenth century; died December, 1863
White, Eustace, Venerable - English convert to Catholicism, priest, missionary to his native land, martyred in 1591. Short biography
White, Richard, Venerable - Real name, Richard Gwyn. Welsh schoolmaster, husband and father, had a reputation as a scholar, poet, martyred in 1584
White, Robert - English composer (1530-1574)
White, Stephen - Irish antiquarian and polyhistor (1574-1646)
White, Stephen Mallory - American statesman (1853-1901)
White, Thomas - Several of White's opinions were censured by the Inquisition
White Fathers - Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa of Algeria
Whithorn Priory - Founded in Scotland in the twelfth century
Whiting, Blessed Richard - Last abbot of Glastonbury, martyr, executed in 1539
Whitsunday - A feast which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ
Whitty, Ellen - Australian nun (1819-1892)
Whitty, Rose - Irish nun (1831-1911)
Whitty, Robert - English Jesuit (1817-1895)
Wibald - Medieval Belgian Abbot (1098-1158)
Wichita, Diocese of - Erected in 1887, from the Diocese of Leavenworth
Wichita Indians - A confederacy of Caddoan stock, formerly dwelling between the Arkansas River, Kansas, and the Brazos River, Texas
Wichmans, Francis - Belgian Augustinian (1596-1661)
Widmer, Joseph - Swiss theologian (1779-1844)
Widow - Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage
Widukind - Saxon leader, and one of the heads of the Westphalian nobility
Widukind of Corvey - Historian who lived in the tenth century in the Benedictine Abbey of Corvey, Germany
Wiener-Neustadt, Diocese of - Suppressed see in Lower Austria
Wiest, Stephan - Member of the Order of Cistercians (1748-1797)
Wigand, Saints - Three saints of this name are mentioned in the Roman Martyrology
Wigbert, Saint - English-born companion of St. Boniface. Wigbert was abbot of Hersfeld and, for a time, of Ohrdruf. He died in about 746
Wigbod - Theological writer of the eighth century
Wigley, George J. - By profession he was an architect, but subsequently devoted himself to journalism in Paris
Wilberforce, Henry William - Third son of William Wilberforce, and younger brother of Robert Wilberforce
Wilberforce, Robert Isaac - Second son of William Wilberforce, and a younger brother of Samuel Wilberforce
Wilcannia, Diocese of - Located in New South Wales, one of the six suffragan sees of Sydney
Wilcox, Robert, Venerable - Biographical details on this English priest and two of his companions in martyrdom: fellow priest 'Edward Campion' and layman Robert Widmerpool. Martyred in 1588
Wild, Johann - Scriptural commentator and preacher (1495-1554)
Wilfrid, Saint - Biographical article on this abbot and bishop, who died in 709
Wilgefortis - The legend makes her a Christian daughter of a pagan King of Portugal
Wilhelm V - Duke of Bavaria (1548-1626)
Wilhelm of Herle - Painter, born at Herle in Dutch Limburg at an unknown date in the fourteenth century
Wilhering, Cistercian Abbey of - Situated on the right bank of the Danube, in the Diocese of Linz, Austria
Will - This article discusses will in its psychological aspect
Will and Testament of Clerics - Roman law allowed clerics to dispose of their property by will or otherwise
Will, Free - The question of free will, moral liberty, or the liberum arbitrium of the Schoolmen, ranks amongst the three or four most important philosophical problems of all time
Willaert, Adrian - Biography of the composer (1480-1562)
Willehad, Saint - Short biography of the missionary and bishop, d. 789
Willems, Pierre - Philologist (1840-1898)
William, Saint - Biographical article on William Fitzherbert, also called William of Thwayt. Twelfth-century Archbishop of York
William, Saint - Bishop of St-Brieuc, died about 1234
William, Blessed - Biographical article on this Cluniac, abbot of Hirschau, monastic reformer, astronomer, musician, who died in 1091
William - For a time he was Archdeacon of Nantes, but renounced this dignity and became a monk at the Benedictine monastery of Marmoutiers (d. 1124)
William - Abbot of Saint-Benigne on Dijon (962-1031)
William Carter, Venerable - English printer, martyred in 1584
William Exmew, Blessed - A learned Carthusian, martyred at Tyburn in 1535
William Filby, Blessed - English priest, martyred in 1582. Article also has details on Bl. Laurence Richardson and St. Luke Kirby, his companions in martyrdom
William Hart, Blessed - English priest, was betrayed by an apostate on Christmas Day of 1582, chained in an underground dungeon, and martyred at York in 1583
William Lacy, Blessed - English widower, became a priest. He was martyred at York in 1582
William of Auvergne - Short article on this thinker, by William Turner
William of Auxerre - Thirteenth-century theologian
William of Champeaux - A concise summary of his life and thought, by William Turner
William of Conches - Scholastic philosopher and theologian (b. 1100)
William of Digulleville - Fourteenth-century French poet
William of Ebelholt, Saint - Also called William of Paris or William of the Paraclete. Twelfth-century canon
William of Gellone, Saint - Late eighth century. The second count of Toulouse, founded a Benedictine monastery, then became a monk himself
William of Jumièges - Benedictine historian (d. 1090)
William of Maleval, Saint - Also known as St. William the Great. Hermit, d. 1157
William of Malmesbury - Benedictine monk at Malmesbury Abbey
William of Moerbeke - Short article by M. de Wulf on this learned man of the 13th century
William of Nangis - Medieval chronicler (d. 1300)
William of Newburgh - English historian (1136-1198)
William of Norwich, Saint - William's corpse was found showing signs of a violent death. He is the earliest example of a medieval blood libel saint, having died in 1144. His biographer relied on hearsay, and was 'a man of unlimited credulity.'
William of Ockham - Biographical article on the fourteenth-century Franciscan philosopher
William of Paris, Saint - Abbot of Eskill in Denmark
William of Perth, Saint - Honored as a martyr because he was on pilgrimage to Jerusalem when murdered by his adopted son
William of Poitiers - Norman historian, born of a noted family, at Preaux near Pont Audemer, Normandy, about 1020
William of Ramsey - A monk of Crowland Abbey
William of St-Amour - Thirteenth-century theologian and controversialist (d. 1273)
William of Sens - A twelfth-century French architect, supposed to have been born at Sens
William of Shoreham - An English religious writer of the Anglo-Norman period, born at Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, in Kent, in the latter half of the twelfth century
William of St-Thierry - Theologian and mystic (1085-1148)
William of Turbeville - Bishop of Norwich (1095-1174)
William of Tyre - Archbishop of Tyre and historian (1130-1190)
William of Vercelli - Founder of the Hermits of Monte Vergine, died 1142
William of Ware - William de Warre, Guard, Guaro, Varro or Varron
William of Wayneflete - English bishop and chancellor (d. 1486)
William of Wykeham - Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England (1324-1404)
William Perault - Thirteenth-century French writer and preacher
William the Clerk (of Normandy) - French poet of the thirteenth century
William the Conqueror - King of England and Duke of Normandy
William the Walloon - Medieval abbot (d. 1089)
Williamites - Name of two minor religious orders
Willibald and Winnebald, Saints - Members of the Order of St. Benedict
Willibrord, Saint - Article on the Benedictine missionary and bishop, who died in 739
Willigis, Saint - Archbishop of Mainz, d. 1011
Williram - Scripture scholar (d. 1085)
Wilmers, Wilhelm - Professor of philosophy and theology (1817-1899)
Wilmington, Diocese of - Located in Delaware, U.S.A
Wilton, Richard - English Trinitarian scholar (d. 1239)
Wilton Abbey - Benedictine convent near Salisbury, England
Wimborne Minster - Monastery in Dorsetshire, England
Wimmer, Boniface - Bavarian archabbot (1809-1887)
Wimpfeling, Jakob - Humanist and theologian (1450-1528)
Wimpina, Konrad - Theologian (1465-1531)
Winchester, Ancient See of - This diocese came into existence in 635 when the great missionary Diocese of Dorchester, founded by St. Birinus in 634 for the Kingdom of Wessex, was subdivided into the Sees of Sherborne and Winchester
Winckelmann, Johann Joachim - Archaeologist and historian of ancient art (1717-1768)
Windesheim - Augustinian monastery in Holland
Winding Sheet of Christ, Feast of the Holy - In 1206 one of the (supposed) Winding Sheets used at the burial of Christ was brought to Besancon by Otto de La Roche, and the feast of its arrival (Susceptio) was ordered to be kept on 11 July
Windischmann, Friedrich Heinrich Hugo - Orientalist and exegete (1811-1861)
Windischmann, Karl Joseph Hieronymus - Concise article on this philosopher's life and works, by Friedrich Lauchert
Window, Rose - A circular window, with mullions and traceries generally radiating from the centre, and filled with stained glasses
Windows in Church Architecture - A history of the use and form of windows in Christian houses of worship
Windsor - A town on the Thames, in Berkshire, England; rendered Ventus Morbidus in some medieval documents, the name being really from the Saxon Windels-or, 'winding shore'
Windthorst, Ludwig - German statesman (1812-1891)
Wine, Altar - Wine is one of the two elements absolutely necessary for the sacrifice of the Eucharist. For valid and licit consecration vinum de vite, i.e. the pure juice of the grape naturally and properly fermented, is to be used
Winefride, Saint - Seventh-century Welsh niece of St. Beuno. According to legend, she was decapitated by a frustrated suitor and restored to life by her uncle
Wingham, Thomas - Pianist, organist, composer and teacher (1846-1893)
Winnebago Indians - A Siouan tribe closely related in speech to the Iowa, Missouri, and Oto, and more remotely to the Dakota and Ponca
Winnebald and Willibald, Saints - Members of the Order of St. Benedict
Winnoc, Saint - Early eighth-century Benedictine prior
Winona, Diocese of - Established in 1889, suffragan of St. Paul, in southern Minnesota
Winslow, Jakob Benignus - Physician and anatomist (1669-1760)
Winwallus, Saint - Abbot, contemporary of St. Patrick. There are fifty-some forms of his name, including Bennoc and Winwalloc
Winzet, Ninian - Benedictine abbot and controversial writer (1518-1592)
Wipo - Eleventh-century priest and biographer
Wireker, Nigel - Twelfth-century satirist
Wirt, Wigand - Theologian, born at Frankfort about 1460; died at Steyer, 30 June, 1519
Wisconsin - Known as the 'Badger State', admitted to the Union on 29 May, 1848, the seventeenth state admitted, after the original thirteen
Wisdom, Book of - One of the deutero-canonical writings of the Old Testament, placed in the Vulgate between the Canticle of Canticles and Ecclesiasticus
Wisdom, Daughters of - Founded at Poitiers by Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort in 1703
Wise Men (Magi) - The 'wise men from the East' who came to adore Jesus in Bethlehem (Matthew 2)
Wiseman, Nicholas Patrick - Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (1802-1865)
Witchcraft - As commonly understood, involves the idea of a diabolical pact or at least an appeal to the intervention of the spirits of evil
Witness - One who is present, bears testimony, furnishes evidence or proof
Witt, Francis Xavier - Composer and reformer of church music (1834-1888)
Wittenberg - City and University
Wittman, George Michael - Bishop-elect of Ratisbon (1760-1833)
Wittman, Patrizius - Catholic journalist (1818-1883)
Witzel, Georg - Hessian theologian (1501-1573)
Wladislaw, Diocese of - The historical origin of this diocese is not known precisely
Wolff, George Dering - American editor (1822-1894)
Wolfgang, Saint - Tenth-century Benedictine bishop of Ratisbon (Regensburg)
Wolfram von Eschenbach - Middle-High-German epic poet (d. 1216)
Wolgemut, Michael - Painter and engraver (1434-1519)
Wolowski, Louis-François-Michel-Reymond - Polish economist (1810-1876)
Wolsey, Thomas - Cardinal Archbishop of York (1471-1530)
Wolstan, Saint - Eleventh-century Benedictine, Bishop of Worcester. Biography
Woman - The position of woman in society has given rise to a discussion which, is known under the name of the 'woman question'
Wood, Thomas - Priest and confessor (1499-1588)
Wood-Carving - Discusses the branch of wood-carving dealing with artistic objects, belonging either to plastic (as statues, crucifixes, and similar carvings), or to industrial art (as arabesques and rosettes), and which serve mainly for the ornamentation of cabinet work
Woodcock, Venerable John - Brief biography of the English Franciscan martyr, who died in 1646
Woodhead, Abraham - English writer (1609-1678)
Woods, Julian Edmund Tenison - Priest and scientist (1832-1889)
Woodhouse, Blessed Thomas - Martyr who suffered at Tyburn 19 June, 1573
Worcester, Ancient Diocese of - Located in England, created in 680 when, at the Synod of Hatfield under St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, the great Mercian diocese was divided into five sees
Words (in Canon Law) - Canonists give many rules for the exact acceptation of words, in order that decrees may be correctly understood and the extent of their obligation determined
World, Antiquity of the - Various attempts have been made to establish the age of the world
Wormwood - Wormwood, known for its repulsive bitterness
Wörndle, Von, Family - Philip, Edmund, and August
Worship, Christian - In its most general sense, homage paid to a person or a thing
Worsley, Edward - English Jesuit (1605-1676)
Worthington, Thomas, D.D. - Third President of Douai College (1549-1627)
Wounds, The Five Sacred - The revival of religious life and the zealous activity of St. Bernard and St. Francis in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, together with the enthusiasm of the Crusaders returning from the Holy Land, increased devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ and particularly to practices in honour of the Wounds in His Sacred Hands, Feet, and Side
Wouters, G. Henry - Historian (1802-1872)
Wright, Venerable Peter - English Jesuit and martyr, d. 1651
Wright, William - A professor of philosophy at Gratz and Vienna and chaplain to the Gages at Hengrave Hall, Suffolk (1562-1639)
Wulfen, Franz Xaver Freiherr von - Botanist (1728-1805)
Wulfram, Saint - Late seventh-century missionary and bishop
Würtemberg, Kingdom of - Situated between Bavaria and Baden
Würzburg, Diocese of - Located in Bavaria; suffragan of Bamberg
Würzburg, University of - John I of Egloffstein (1400-1411), Bishop of Wurzburg, obtained from Pope Boniface IX a charter, dated 10 December, 1492, for the university
Würzburg Abbeys - Abbey of the Holy Redeemer, St. Andrew's Abbey, St. Stephen's Abbey, and St. James's Abbey
Wyart, Théophile-Louis-Henri - French Cistercian (1839-1904)
Wyche, Saint Richard de - The devoted companion of St. Edmund Rich, was bishop of Chichester. Richard died in 1253, and was canonized less than 10 years later
Wyclif, John - Lengthy biographical article. Includes bibliography
Wyntoun, Andrew of - Scottish chronicler
Wyoming - Forty-fourth state, derives its name from the Delaware Indian word 'Maughwauwama', signifying mountains with large plains between
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