(Blessed) Emperor (January 28) (9th century) The famous Charles the Great, son of Pepin the Short, born in 742, a successful warrior, who, conquering the Lombards and Saxons, and securing to the Popes their temporal kingdom, was God’s instrument for the advancement of Christianity. He was zealous for Church discipline and for the spread of learning. He cared for the poor and was eminently pious, meditating much on the Holy Scriptures. Pope Saint Leo III crowned him Emperor of Rome and the West, on Christmas Day, A.D. 800. He died at Aix-la-Chapelle, January 28, A.D. 814, and in some churches has been honoured as a Saint.