(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)
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).