- Reading 1: Revelation 20:11-15, Reading 1: Revelation 21:1-2, Reading 1: Revelation 20:1-4, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 84:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 84:8, Gospel: Luke 21:29-33
- James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of Persia and a Christian. He abandoned his religion when Yesdigerd launched a persecution of the Christians. When the king died, James repented of his apostasy and declared himself to be a Christian to the new king, Bahram. When James refused to apostasize, he was executed by having his body cut apart piece by piece, beginning with his fingers (hence his surname Intercisus – cut to pieces), and then beheaded. His feast […]
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Prayer Of The Day
- "Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints" O Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me [request]. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your […]
Latest Vatican News
- The Executive Director of the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, says children’s lives and well-being will be put at immediate risk if fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region further escalates.
- In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Mark 13:33-37 of the First Sunday of Advent.
- Every month, more than 300 Christians in 50 countries of the world are kidnapped or unjustly jailed because of their faith. The dramatic figure emerges from the latest report by “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN), released on Wednesday.
- The Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva calls for universal adherence to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
- The United States Supreme Court blocked enforcement of an executive order by New York governor Andrew Cuomo restricting attendance in houses of worship due to the Covid-19 emergency.
- "Solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians in our time" is the initiative of the German Bishops’ Conference that began in 2003. To this end, a Day of Prayer is held each year on December 26, the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, to focus on a particular part of the world where Christians are discriminated against and harassed.
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