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St John of Capistrano, Priest and Confessor

St John of Capistrano (1386 - 1456) He was born in Capistrano in the Abruzzi in 1386. He studied law at Perugia and for some time held the office of a judge. He joined the Friars Minor and was ordained. He travelled throughout Germany, Poland, Transylvania, Moldavia, and Russia, leading an apostolic life, strengthening Christian morals and combating heresy. When the Turks were invading Europe in the wake of the fall of Constantinople, they laid siege

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St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor

He was born of a Christian family in Damascus in the second half of the seventh century, where his father was a high official under the Umayyad caliph; a post which he inherited. When the Iconoclast movement (seeking to prohibit the veneration of icons) gained acceptance in the Byzantine court, John, being under Muslim rather than Byzantine rule, was able to write effective treatises attacking Iconoclasm and attacking the emperor for supporting it.

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St Castulus, Martyr

He was a martyr died 286. Chamberlain of Emperor Diocletian he sheltered Christians in his own home and arranged for religious services inside the imperial palace. Because of his activity in bringing converts to Pope St. Caius to be baptized he was captured, tortured and put to death. His feastday is March 26.

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Newsletter – Laetare Sunday
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Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary's fiat, her willing acceptance of God's holy plan. This Feast of the Annunciation is one of the most important in the Church calendar. Originally a feast of our Lord, but now celebrated as a Marian feast, the feast of the Annunciation

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