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Wednesday, July 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 10:1-7.


Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

9 JULY 2014

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them
authority over unclean spirits

jesus with his disciples Jes_w_Disc_7-17

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:1-7.

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits
to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter,
and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

SAINTS OF THE DAY

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Sts. Agostino Zhao Rong (+ 1815)
and Companions, Martyrs in China

9 July  Santi_Martiri_Cinesi-Agostino_Zhao_Rong_e_Compagni

AGOSTINO ZHAO RONG
Priest and martyr (+ 1815)
and Companions

Martyrs in China

A period of persecution in regard to the Christian religion occurred in the nineteenth century.

While Catholicism had been authorised by some Emperors in the preceding centuries, Emperor Kia-Kin (1796-1821) published, instead, numerous and severe decrees against it. The first was issued in 1805. Two edicts of 1811 were directed against those among the Chinese who were studying to receive sacred orders, and against priests who were propagating the Christian religion. A decree of 1813 exonerated voluntary apostates from every chastisement, that is, Christians who spontaneously declared that they would abandon their faith, but all others were to be dealt with harshly.

In 1815 there came two other decrees, with which approval was given to the conduct of the Viceroy of Sichuan who had beheaded Monsignor Dufresse, of the Paris Foreign Missions Society (M.E.P), and some Chinese Christians. As a result, there was a worsening of the persecution.

St. John Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, M.E.P, Bishop, was arrested on the 18th of May 1815, taken to Chengdu, condemned and executed on the 14th of September 1815.

Saint Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese diocesan priest. Having first been one of the soldiers who had escorted Monsignor Dufresse from Chengdu to Beijing, he was moved by his patience and had then asked to be numbered among the neophytes. Once baptised, he was sent to the seminary and then ordained a priest. Arrested, he had to suffer the most cruel tortures and then died in 1815.

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