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POPE SAINT VICTOR

Pope St Victor, son of Felix was born in Africa, in what is now known as Leptis Magna in Tunisia. His birth was probably in the second quarter of the second century. Nothing else is known of his younger years. Victor's reign showed many changes in the Church. Culture had begun to change in the Roman Empire. No longer was Greek the standar...

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FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS

DECEMBER 28 is the traditional feast day of THE HOLY INNOCENTS. Despite the horror of the murders of the baby boys of Bethlehem, the numbers quoted in the Middle Ages of 14,000 or more, is not a possible number, considering the size of the town. Modern historians put the number at 5 to 20 children. Still not a comfort to the families who lost...

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ST. MARIA CROSIFISSA DIROSA

DECEMBER 15 is the traditional memorial of ST. MARY di ROSA (+1855). Born Paola di Rosa in Brescia, Italy in 1813, this saint was born into a well-to-do family. She was educated in a convent until the age of 17 when her mother died. Leaving her formal education behind her, she went home to run her father's household and manage one of his ...

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SAINT RALPH SHERWIN

Picture DECEMBER 1 is the traditional memorial of St. RALPH SHERWIN (+1581). Our saint of today was born in Rodsley, Derbyshire, England on October 25, 1550. A gifted young man, after finishing at Eton, he was given a fellowship to Exeter College, Oxford. Some say that his uncle, the vicar of Ingatestone, Essex, influenced the granting of the ...

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POPE SAINT ELEUTHARIUS

Pope St. Eleutherius was a Greek, son of Habundius, born in Nicopolis, part of what is now Greece, some time after 100 AD. His name means "frank, honest, free-spirited". Whether that is his real name or a description of the man is unknown. Eleutherius was Bishop of Rome from about 175 to May 24, 189 AD. It is said that he was martyred ...

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ST. JAMES INTERCISUS

NOVEMBER 27 is the traditional memorial of ST. JAMES INTERCISUS (+c. 421). The story of St James is a very interesting one in the light of the Middle East problems of today. James was a soldier and a favored courtier in the service of King Yazdegerd of Persia. He and his family were Christian. Yazdegerd was well known as a tolerant, peaceful...

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SAINT ALBERT MAGNUS

NOVEMBER 15 is the traditional memorial of ST. ALBERT THE GREAT (+1280). Albert was born before 1200, probably, 1193, likely in Lauingen, Bavaria. His father was a military officer under the Emperor Frederick II. Sent to the University of Padua for his studies, Albert met Blessed Jordan of Saxony, who was looking for exceptional young men to ...

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DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA

"NOVEMBER 9 is the memorial of the DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA. As we remember from high school history, Constantine was the emperor of the Western Empire from 306 to 337 AD. His father had been Roman emperor from 305-306. When Constantine took over, he had one major enemy, Maxentius, who was son of the Roman Emperor Maximi...

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND THOUGHTS

It was 7:30 am. We were on the coast of Prince Edward Island with a trailer and a one hundred pound dog. And he wanted to go for a walk. I grabbed my rosary and shoved it in my pocket then grabbed his lead and took him out. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Until I looked at the river. It wasn't there! Well, it was, but I could not see ...

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HOW LONG IS MASS?

I guess that our pastor must be reading the catholic365 website! His sermon this weekend could have been taken from these essays! I live in a resort area. We have three seasons: summer, snowmobile and mud seasons. Right now we are in summer and the place is packed with campers, hikers and water park enthusiasts. There are two churches in the tow...

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