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Why celebrate Christ the King Sunday?

While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his message and call to honor Christ the King in a society that denies the authority of Our Lord is no less pertinent now than it was then.

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Sir Thomas More - Lord Chancellor of England, Lawyer, Author, Statesman, Humanist Scholar and Catholic Saint (Canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935) Born February 7, 1478 - Executed July 6, 1535 (by Order of King Henry VIII) -personal advisor to King Henry VIII

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St Gemma Born: March 12, 1878 Extraordinary Mystical Experiences begin: 1898 Miraculous Cure: Friday, March 3, 1899 -1st Friday of the month (Sacred Heart devotion) Received Stigmata: June 8, 1899 -Vigil of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Died: Holy Saturday, April 11, 1903 Beatified: May 14, 1933 by Pope Pius XI Canonized: May 2, 1940 by Pope Pius XII

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Today's feast, that of Christ the King, is one of the most recent solemnities of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 as the last Sunday in October. In Pope John XXIII's 1960 revision of the liturgical calendar, the date and title remained the same and, in the new simpler ranking of feasts, it was classified as a feast of the first class. In his 1969 motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis, Pope Paul VI made three changes. First, he moved the feast…

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1930 December 31, on the Eve of the New Year, Pope Pius XI issues Casti Connubii (of Chaste Wedlock) which officially declares unlawful all use of “artificial” birth control, saying, ““those wicked parents, who seek to remain childless, and failing in this, are not ashamed to put their offspring to death.”

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