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Blessed Quirinus, Martyr
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Roman tribune and martyr. According to the legendary Acts of Sts. Alexander and Balbina, he was reportedly the jailer of Pope St. Alexander I, being converted with his daughter, St. Balbina. Quirinus was buried in the Catacomb of Praetextatus on the Via Appia, and his name was listed in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, as well as the Itineraries to the graves of the Roman martyrs. His relics were given by Pope Leo IX to his sister Gepa, abbess of

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St John of Capistrano, Priest and Confessor
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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
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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
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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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[caption id="attachment_8143" align="aligncenter" width="347"] Click for PDF Version of the Newsletter [26/04/17][/caption] 

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