Agnes from the Jerusalem community writes to us about the Feast of the Presentation.

On February 5, 1597, twenty-six Catholics – four Spaniards, one Mexican, one Indian, all Franciscan missionaries, three Japanese Jesuits and seventeen Japanese laymen including three young boys, who were all members of the Third Order of Saint Francis, were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki on the orders of Japanese warlord and ruler Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

Benedetto, seminarian in the Vicariate, sent us a beautiful illustration for the last four weeks of the Great Advent.

On December 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of King David, just a few days after Christmas.

Jerome was one of the most important Biblical commentators in the history of Christianity. He translated the Bible into Latin, and his translation served the Roman Catholic Church as its official translation for hundreds of years. He lived in Bethlehem, alongside the place of Christ's nativity.

In the Catholic calendar there are two feasts of the angels, one on September 29, of the Archangels, and one on October 2, of the Guardian Angels. Angels in the Bible are special messengers of God who come to the human person.

Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino proclaimed a saint in the Catholic Church. He died as a martyr in the 17th century.

Sister Gabriele from the Benedictine Monastery on the Mount of Olives sent us a short biography of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) in order to commemorate his feast day.

Saint Matthew, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, wrote one of the four books of the Gospel.

The first Catholics in Korea suffered terrible persecution but planted the seed for a thriving Church in Korea today.

Sister Gabriele of the Benedictine monastery on the Mount of Olives sent us this article for the feast of Saint Hildegard von Bingen.

Myriam, from the Haifa kehilla, explains the significance of this feast commemorating the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

On September 14, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Glorious Cross. The cross, an awful tool to impose death from the Roman period, becomes the key to eternal life in the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The feast is celebrated exactly 40 days after the Feast of the Transfiguration (on August 6).

A Jesuit priest, Saint Peter Claver worked among the slaves of South America becoming patron saint of slaves.

The Catholic Church gives the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, a special place in her prayers. Her presence is noticeable in the liturgical calendar and there are many feasts that immortalize her memory. On September 8, the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary.

On September 4, the Church celebrates the memory of Moses who gave the law. A central figure in the Old Testament, Moses is also mentioned many times in the New Testament.

Pope Gregory I was a trained Roman lawyer and talented administrator, a monk, a missionary, a preacher, above all a physician of souls and a leader of men. His great claim to remembrance lies in the fact that he is the real father of the medieval papacy.

Augustine of Hippo (a city in Algeria today) is one of the most outstanding thinkers in the history of the Church. His many writings in Latin continue to influence Christian theology until today.

On August 26, the entire Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the “Little Arab”, the Carmelite nun Mary of Jesus Crucified. The Arab nun from Galilee was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1983 and Pope Francis proclaimed her saint in 2015.

Bartholomew is counted among the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and ancient tradition identifies him with Nathanael in the Gospel according to Saint John.