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Sylvester I, Pope



Feast Day: December 31 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Born in Rome toward the end of the third century, Pope Sylvester was the leader of the Catholic Church at a great turning point in the Church’s history. For the first time in nearly…

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Thomas Becket



Feast Day: December 29 Canonized: February 21, 1173 In the Opening Prayer of the Mass on the feast of St. Thomas, we pray, “Almighty God, you granted the martyr Thomas the grace to give his life for the cause of…

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John the Apostle



Feast Day: December 27 Canonized: Pre-Congregation John is sometimes called “the beloved disciple” or “John the Evangelist.” He was the only one of Jesus’ apostles who did not leave him during his crucifixion and death. In the Gospel Jesus even…

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Stephen the Martyr



Feast Day: December 26 Canonized: Pre-Congregation On Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The next day we celebrate the birth of Stephen. But this is a different kind of birth. It is the birth of Stephen into eternal…

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John of the Cross



Feast Day: December 14 Canonized: December 27, 1726 Beatified: January 25, 1675 Born in 1542, John was raised in Spain by a widowed mother who could barely provide for her sons. At a young age, he worked in a hospital…

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Lucy of Syracuse



Feast Day: December 13 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Lucy lived so long ago that many details of her life are unknown to us. We do know that she came from the island of Sicily and that she died in the year 304….

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Odilia of Alsace



Feast Day: December 13 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Odilia, also known as Odile, was born in France in the seventh century. Her father was the Duke of Alsace. When she was still an infant, her parents realized that she was blind. Her…

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