Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

There are said to be approximately 11,000 Catholic saints whom the Catholic Church officially recognizes. However, a great many of these saints are anonymous, such as the 800 residents of Otranto, Italy, who were canonized on May 12, 2013 because they were killed in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam after Ottoman Turks had sacked their town. Many other …

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Vesak – Honoring the Buddha

Starting today and continuing on various days over the next week, Buddhists throughout the world commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Prince Siddhartha Gautama – the Buddha – on a day of great celebration and joy known as Vesak. But we must ask: which Buddha is honored on this day? The answer depends on which branch of Buddhism does …

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