Two New Doctors of the Church

On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI named two new doctors of the Church!  There are now 35 doctors of the Church.  A doctor of the church is bestowed upon a saint whose writings are deemed to be of universal importance to the Church for all times and the individual must be of "eminent learning and great sanctity".  The two new doctors are St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen.  St. John of Avila was a prayerful priest who preached and taught the mysteries of God very beautifully and St. Hildegard of Bingen was an "important female figure of the 12th century."  St. Hildegard was a writer, composer, philosopher, and mystic as well as an abbess and founder of several monasteries. Click here for a Vatican News article on the new doctors.