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One of the patrons of WYD Madrid (2011) and patron of missionaries and foreign missions
Commemorating the lives lost when the United States was drawn into World War II in 1941; on this day, pray for harmony among all nations.
Pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters
Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America, celebrating Mary’s conception free from original sin; on this day, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to begin the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Received the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe; patron of indigenous peoples; beatified (1990) and canonized (2002) by St. John Paul II.
Patroness of the Americas, celebrating the extraordinary vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary given to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico.
Third Sunday of Advent; the rose candle is lit as a sign of joyful expectation of Christ’s coming.
All dioceses are invited to open their cathedral Holy Doors on this day in local celebrations; Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at the Basilica St. John Lateran in the Diocese of Rome
Wish our Holy Father a happy birthday with your prayers, or send him a handwritten letter.
On this day in 1985, in an address to the College of Cardinals in Rome, St. John Paul II reflected on the recent gatherings of young people (on Palm Sunday in 1984 and 1985) and declared: “The Lord blessed those meetings in an extraordinary way so that, for years to come, we shall establish a World Youth Day…”
Fifteenth century Polish priest, scholastic, and theologian; patron of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and one of the patrons of Poland
Pray for the coming of Christ into the world.
Merry Christmas! Celebrate Christ’s birth with great joy today. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:5)
Read some of His Holiness' thoughts on his baptism, as well as the priest that baptized him here.
First martyr for the faith (Acts 7) and patron of deacons; in the Greek Orthodox tradition, St. Stephen is the patron saint for young adults.
Celebrating the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus of Nazareth; pray for your family today, and for all families around the world.
On this day, pray in thanksgiving for all that God has given to you in 2015, and pray for openness to what the Lord has in store for 2016.
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