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Saint of the day

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Date 26 December

The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church and featured in the Vatican calendar. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith. 

St. Stephen, first Martyr

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Saint Stephen is known as the “Proto-Martyr,” insofar as he was the first of the early disciples to shed his blood for Christ. The account of his martyrdom by stoning is related in the Acts of the Apostles. Because of the manner of his death, he is recognized as patron of stoneworkers and masons.  

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Saint Dionysius, Pope

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Dionysius was Pope from 259 to 268. He helped the Christian faithful during the persecution of Emperor Valerian, helped the poor, redeemed prisoners, and sent money to communities far from Rome. In the theological controversies of the time, he strongly defended the unity and trinity of God.