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The holy innocents

December 27, 2012
The OBSERVER

According to the gospel of Mathew (2:16-18), the Holy Innocents were the children Herod the Great massacred in Bethlehem in his attempt to kill the child Jesus. Since the sixth century, the link between the massacre of these innocents and the birth of Christ has been commemorated in Catholic liturgies shortly after Christmas - on Dec. 28.

 
 

 

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