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A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

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March 24th – Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

15th August 1917 – 24th March 1980

“The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless”

Oscar Romero


Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a Roman Catholic archbishop in El Salvador who was assassinated whilst celebrating mass for speaking out in support of the poor and the oppressed. 

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March 7th – Perpetua and Felicity

Perpetua and Felicity 

7th march 203


 

Perpetua and Felicity were early Christian women, martyred in Carthage in the year 203. Their deaths are recorded in an account that allegedly includes pieces from Perpetua’s own diary along with other eyewitness accounts. At the time of their imprisonment Perpetura was a young married mother and Felicity was heavily pregnant. They were murdered for refusing to renounce their Christian faith and challenging societal pressures on the place of women in heteronormative family structures. As a result they are considered early heroes for the emancipation of Women and non-hetero families.

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December 31st – Brandon Teena

Brandon Teena

12th December 1972 – 31st December 1993

Brandon Teena was a transgender man whose murder on 31st December 1993 was the basis for the film Boys Don’t Cry.

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December 28th – Holy Innocents

Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

28th December 

 

In a stark contrast to the joy and light of Christmas day Matthew’s Gospel records an event which ranks amongst some of the most violent and horrific in the Bible.

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