June 30: The feast of the *First Martyrs of Rome*

Today, June 30, we celebrate the feast of the *First Martyrs of Rome* (died 64-68), brave and courageous Christians who suffered for their faith, *who were known as Protomartyrs of Rome.* Following the Ascension of Christ, the disciples had preached the Gospel, spreading throughout the region. Some, as we have...

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June 29: The Feast of *Saint Peter and Paul*

Today, June 29, we celebrate the Feast of *Saint Peter and Paul,* the two great apostles of the Church, and martyrs for the faith. Saint Peter, disciple of Christ, first Pope, and “rock” of the Church., was born Simeon, but renamed by Christ to reflect his special role in the...

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June 28th: The feast of *Saint Irenaeus*

Today, June 28th, we celebrate the feast of *Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr*. He was born in the year 120; he was of the Greek tongue, and probably a native of Asia Minor. His parents, who were Christians, placed him while still young under the care of the great Saint...

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June 27th: The feast of *Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Today, June 27, we celebrate the feast day of *Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor.* The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, painted on wood, and seems to have originated around the thirteenth century, is one of the most well-known and loved...

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June 26: The feast of *Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer*

Today, June 26, we commemorate the feast day of *Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer* (1902-1975), priest, modern-day saint, and founder of Opus Dei, an organization of lay people and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness by God and that ordinary life can result in sanctity....

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June 25th: The feast of *St. Dominic Henares*

Today, June 25th, we celebrate the feast of *St. Dominic Henares* (1764-1838), one of the Martyrs of Vietnam. St. Dominic was born to a poor family in Spain. He joined the Dominican Order and was ordained a priest in 1790. Ten years later he was sent as a missionary to the...

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June 23rd: The feast of *St. Joseph Cafasso*

Today, June 23rd, we celebrate the feast of *St. Joseph Cafasso*, Italian priest and social reformer in early 19th-century Turin and patron of prisoners. Joseph Cafasso was born in Italy, of peasant parents. He was the third child of a family of four. His parents, who were known for their...

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