19 December - Pope Urban V was the 200th pope to head the Church from 1362 to 1370. On 10 March 1870, Pope Pius IX signed a decree for his beatification. He was born in 1310 at Grizac Castle. His real name was Guillaume de Grimoard.

18th December - Gatien was, according to tradition, the first bishop of Tours. Historians are not unanimous as to the period when Gatien announced the Gospel. Some say that Saint Gatien lived from 251 to 304, i.e. in the third and fourth centuries.

17 December - The Lazarus in question is the brother of Martha and Mary of Bethany, a friend of Jesus whom He raised from the dead. He endured persecution for his faith in Christ. It is said that ten years after the ascension of the Lord, the Jews threw him, along with his sisters and other Christians, into a rowless boat.

December 16 - Adelaide of Burgundy, sometimes called Alice, was born in Orbe (Urba) around the year 931. Daughter of King Rudolph II of Burgundy and Berthe of Swabia, she was married at a very young age to the Italian king Lothaire.

Visitatio ad limina Apostolorum

The Episcopal Conference of Madagascar carries out a pilgrimage visit called "Visitatio ad limina". This visit is held in the Basilicas of the Apostles in Rome every five years where the bishops pray, meet and talk with the Holy Father and visit the different dicasteries and congregations of the Vatican for the good of the life of the Church and the people of God. Jean Séraphin Rafanomezantsoa, Secretary of Coordination, Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.

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Love and Salvation

Christmas is a great joy, because it is the love of God that has come to us, proclaims Fr. Bizimana Innocent, Provincial Superior of the Salesians Don Bosco of Madagascar and Mauritius, presenting his Christmas greetings. Salvation is accomplished, so life is not in danger of disappearing. It is this love and this salvation that we wish to fill our life so that we have peace.

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Zatti, our brother

The short film "Zatti, our brother" (Argentina, 2020) focuses on one of the most difficult episodes of his life. We are in Viedma, in 1941: at the age of 60, Zatti is forced to leave the hospital he has attended for decades. His faith and strength are tested.

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