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05 January 2024

100 Nativities in the Vatican

Until January 7, it is possible to visit the international exhibition 100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican set up under the left colonnade in St Peter's Square. The exhibition is promoted by the Dicastery for Evangelization for the Jubilee Is Culture event. More than 120 cribs from 22 countries in Europe, America and Asia are on display.

The Word to Women

On Friday January 19, as part of the Women of the First Testament. The Word to Women lecture series, Ester Abbatista’s lecture entitled A Woman of Valour (Pr 31:10-31 and Ruth) will be held. The meeting will take place in the Synod Hall of the Curia of Naples. Attendance via web link will also be possible.

Recurrences and celebrations

January is the month of the feast of, among others, Saints Syncletica, virgin (5); Blessed Veronica Negroni da Binasco, virgin, nun in the monastery of Santa Marta in Milan (13); Macrina the Elder, matron, who was the mother of Saint Basil, mother-in-law of Saint Emmelia, paternal grandmother of Saints Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Peter of Sebaste and Macrina the Younger (14); Secondina, virgin and martyr (15); Prisca (18); Agnes, virgin, martyred during Diocletian’s persecutions at the age of 12-13 years (21); Blessed Maria Mancini, widow, Dominican nun (22); Emerenziana, virgin and martyr (23); Angela Merici, virgin, foundress of the company of St Ursula (27); Martina, virgin and martyr (30).

January 1, is the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God.

January, the Pope’s prayer intention

For the gift of diversity in the Church

Let us pray for the Spirit to help us recognise the gift of different charisms within Christian communities and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions within the Catholic Church

Edited by Valeria Pendenza