00 5/21/2009 6:27 PM

May 21
(Celebrated at the Vatican on the sixth Thursday after Easter
but in many places now celebrated on the following Sunday)

Saints Cristobal Magallanes
and Companions
(Mexico, d. 1915-1928)
20th-Century Martyrs

OR today.

Illustration depicts the Ascension in a Byzantine icon.
At the General Audience, the Pope speaks of his recent apostolic journey:
'In the Holy Land, it is possible to escape the spiral of violence'

Other Page 1 stories: Iran tests a long-range missile capable of reaching Israel, US bases in the Mideast and southern Europe; Israeli warplanes retaliate against new rocket attacks from southern Gaza; and an essay on the Byzantine celebration of the Ascension.

There are no events scheduled for the Holy Father today
(a religious holiday at the Vatican).