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The evolution of the Solemnity of Pentecost

Jesus assured His disciples he would not leave them as orphans; he promised the Father would send another Advocate to be with them always (Jn 14:16-18).

Vatican OKs sainthood cause for Iraqi priest, deacons killed in Mosul

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has given its permission for the opening of the sainthood cause of an Iraqi priest and three deacons who were murdered by armed gunmen in Mosul.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and Oct. 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia.

St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai

Born in Tremelo, Belgium, Joseph de Veuster left school at 13 to work on the family farm. Six years later he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, taking the name Damien.

Imprisoned clergy of Dachau remembered for fearless faith

EMMITSBURG, Md. (CNS) — When a virulent typhus epidemic swept through a World War II concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in early 1945, many imprisoned Polish priests volunteered to minister to the dying men.

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Though his principal feast is March 19, St. Joseph also is honored for his labors as a carpenter in providing for his family’s needs in Nazareth.

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6.

Feast of St. Gianna Molla

Born near Milan, Italy, Gianna was one of 13 children in a deeply Catholic family. She wed Pietro Molla in 1955; they had three children while she continued to work as a physician.

Murdered Hungarian youth pastor to be beatified as martyr

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — A young Hungarian priest who was lured into a forest and beaten and stabbed to death is to be the latest East European martyr declared blessed by the Catholic Church.

Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist

According to the Acts of the Apostles, Mark’s mother owned the house where the first Jerusalem Christians prayed and where Peter stayed after his miraculous release from prison (Acts 12:1-19).