Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday Basics


Liturgical Calendar

Optional Memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs

Things to do today:

Pray for those in the medical field.

Find out more about the miracles attached to the relics of Cosmas and Damian.

If you are close to Cambridge, MA drop in on the annual Italian festival of the healing of Saints Cosmas and Damian which has been held for the past 77 years.

(Via Catholic Culture.)

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

1897 - Giovanni Battista Montini was born near Brescia, Italy (d. 6 August 1978). Ordained in 1920, he was named a cardinal by Pope John XXIII (1881–1963) in 1958. When John XXIII died in 1963, the conclave elected Montini his successor on 21 June. He chose a name suggesting Christian outreach: Pope Paul VI. His fifteen years as pontiff were instrumental in bringing the Vatican II Council to a conclusion in 1965.

1997 - An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.

Birthdays:

1181 - Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order (d. 1226)

1774 - Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (d. 1847)

1888 - T. S. Eliot, American-born writer and editor, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1897 - Pope Paul VI (d. 1978)

1898 - George Gershwin, American composer (d. 1937)

1905 - Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player

1914 - Jack LaLanne, American fitness, exercise and nutritional expert

1925 - Marty Robbins, American singer (d. 1982)

1948 - Olivia Newton-John, British-born Australian singer and actress

1962 - Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress (Little House on the Prairie,)

1968 - James Caviezel, American actor (The Passion of the Christ)

1981 - Serena Williams, American tennis player

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