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Civitavecchia, where St Cornelius was imprisoned

St Cornelius, pope from 251 to 253, was martyred by Emperor Gallus

Daily readings: September 12 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘A new heart create for me, O God’

Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year: Exodus 32:7-11 & 13-14; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

Modern-day St Omer

St Omer, September 9, patron of the blind

A town named after St Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais, played a crucial role in educating English Catholics

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Wisdom 9:13-18; Phil 9-10 & 12-17; Lk 14:25-33

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Christ at Simon the Pharisee, by Peter Paul Rubens (1618-20)

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year: Eccl 3:13-18 & 28-29; Heb 12:18-19; Lk 143:1 & 7-14

A portrait of St John Kemble

St John Kemble (August 22), a much-loved Catholic priest whose execution was horribly botched