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Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men’.

As we remember those children killed in the massacre of the Holy Innocents, let us remember also those children who die violently, especially in the wars of our own time. May Our Blessed Lord, and His Mother, gather them up gently in their arms, giving them comfort and solace. May God bless you this day.