Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer at Ground Zero

O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain. We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here—

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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.” She was a ...

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Saint Rosalia

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Saint Rosalia (1130–1166) In her youth, her heart turned from earthly vanities to God. She left her home and took up her abode in a cave, on the walls of which she wrote these words: "I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave ...

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Saint Raymond Nonnatus

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Saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204-1240) was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name "non natus" (Latin: not born). He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth.

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The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

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The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, today honors the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are thus celebrated.

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Pope Saint Zephyrinus

Zephyrinus

The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter's barque. According to the "Liber Pontificalis," Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of Habundius. He ordered that all ordinations, whether of ...

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Saint Mamas

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Saint Mamas (2nd c.) is ranked by the Greeks among the great martyrs. Born in prison to parents who had been jailed because they were Christian, Mamas became an orphan when his parents were executed. After his parents' death, Mamas was raised by a rich widow named Ammia, who died when he was 15 ...

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Catechism of The Catholic Church #966

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966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the ...

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland.

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

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Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Saint Edith Stein) (1891-1942), was a German Catholic philosopher and nun. Born into an observant Jewish family, she became an atheist by her teenage years, but converted to Christianity in 1922. In 1942 she was arrested and sent to the Auschwitz ...

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