Sunday, September 28, 2008

September 28th: Memorial of the Martyrs of China

Today is the memorial of the 120 Martyrs of China, canonized October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Several are Dominicans; most perished during the Boxer Rebellion. Wounded and oppressed China needs the intercession of all of them as much now as she ever did.

Here is a link to the Pope's homily from the Mass at which he canonized these saints, along with St. MarĂ­a Josefa of the Heart of Jesus, St. Katherine Drexel, and St. Josephine Bakhita, whose life and hope Pope Benedict XVI described at length in his encyclical Spe Salvi.

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