OF THE HOLY FATHER
That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
- Evangelization: Contribution of women
That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.
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SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Benjamin (d. 424) was a deacon martyred in Persia during a forty-year-long Christian persecution under two tyrannical Persian kings. Imprisoned for a year due to his Christian faith, he was then released with the help of the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II. As a condition of his release, he was ordered to no longer publicly proclaim his faith. Benjamin declared that it was his duty to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he refused to be silenced. He continued preaching Christ crucified, and when word reached the king, he was rearrested. In response, Benjamin asked the king what opinion he would have of any of his subjects if they were to renounce their allegiance to the king and join in war against him. In the same way Benjamin could not renounce his allegiance to Christ. This enraged the king and he ordered Benjamin to endure cruel tortures. Sharpened reeds were repeatedly jammed underneath his fingernails, toenails, and other tender parts of the body. He died when a knotted stake was jammed into his bowels. St. Benjamin's feast day is celebrated on March 31.
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