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St John the Baptist Preaching to the Multitude by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1: 3-6 & 8-11; Ik 3:1-6 (Year C)

A detail from The Baptism of Christ  by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis