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St Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima (1612) by Lodovico Carracci

St Sebastian (January 20) was captain in the Praetorian Guard

Daily readings: January 19 – 25

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Second Sunday of the Year Is 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34 (Year A)

A Sri Lankan fishermen walks out of a building destroyed by fighting between government forces and the LTTE in 2009 (CNS)

‘We want to know what happened in the last days of the ethnic war,’ says Bishop Emmanuel

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

Pope was given the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide in June

Sale will raise funds for soup kitchen in Rome

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

UGCC not directly involved in politics, says Major Archbishop Shevchuk

Barry and Margaret Mizen

Father of murdered schoolboy on being named in the New Year’s Honours List and his quest to keep his son’s memory alive