28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015

The round up for 28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 28 December, in 1631 in Taos, New Mexico, the killing of Pedro Miranda.  A Franciscan priest, he was working with the Native Americans.  Apparently outraged by the teaching of monogamy, some of the natives who had broken into the mission in pursuit of some Spanish guards discovered the priest in prayer and killed him.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 December, in 1897, the repose of William Corby.  A priest with the Congregation of the Holy Cross, he served as chaplain during the War Between the States.  He is credited with granting general absolution just before the Battle of Gettysburg.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 29 December, I have nothing.

Tuesday 30 December, in 2000 in Michigan, the repose of the Servant of God John Hardon.  A Jesuit priest from Pennsylvania, he is well known for personal holiness and for his writings.  The cause for his canonization opened in 2007.

Wednesday 31 December, in 2012 in the Philippines, the repose of James Bertram Reuter.  A Jesuit priest, he was born in New Jersey but spent most of his life in the Philippines, where he rose to some prominence, particularly in the field of social communications.  I am not aware of moves toward a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 1 January, in 1947 in China, the killing of Benedict.  Born John Jenson in Denmark, he grew up in California and joined the Franciscans.  He was serving as a religious brother in China during the period of the Communist revolution.  He was killed along with a German Franciscan by Communists.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 1 January, the anniversary of the death of King James III, uncrowned King of England, known as the “Old Pretender.”

Friday 2 January, I have nothing.

Saturday 3 January, of interest in Puerto Rico, the feast of Mary as Our Lady of Bethlehem.

Mary, Our Lady of Bethlehem, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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