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In Pursuit of Saints Francis and Clare
Christopher Heffron

A first-time pilgrim in Italy visits some of the places most significant to these two holy radicals.

The Ongoing Legacy of Oscar Romero
Peter Feuerherd

Archbishop Oscar Romero may have been murdered three decades ago, but his presence lives on in El Salvador.





Pope Benedict XVI: Five Years and Counting
Five people who have seen the pope in action offer personal reflections. By King Abdullah II, Shimon Peres, Nancy Wiechec, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap., and Helen Osman

The Prayerfulness of Rain
Rain helps this author slow down and connect with God. By Gerald Schiffhorst

Our Lady of Pilar
A beloved Marian shrine in northeast Spain has been drawing pilgrims for almost 2,000 years. By Lori Erickson

Fiction: All Are Welcome
A tiny baby teaches a huge lesson. By Marjorie Flathers


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Agatha: As in the case of Agnes, another virgin-martyr of the early Church, almost nothing is historically certain about this saint except that she was martyred in Sicily during the persecution of Emperor Decius in 251. 
<p>Legend has it that Agatha, like Agnes, was arrested as a Christian, tortured and sent to a house of prostitution to be mistreated. She was preserved from being violated, and was later put to death. </p><p>She is claimed as the patroness of both Palermo and Catania. The year after her death, the stilling of an eruption of Mt. Etna was attributed to her intercession. As a result, apparently, people continued to ask her prayers for protection against fire.</p> American Catholic Blog We love to think how good we are when we pray for the opponent in war or in politics. That, of course, is the trap of pride, and it can deflect us from the real things we need to bring to God in prayer. It is a great deal more difficult to love the one who has hurt us. We do not need to excuse wrongs, or even to forget them, but we must always forgive.

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