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William Wilberforce (1759-1833). Celebration at All Saints Church, Pocklington of the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the November 1771 arrival, as a twelve-year-old boy, in the town fifteen miles east of York of the East Riding of Yorkshire philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. He spent five years at Pocklington School, during which he attended the church and developed an abhorrence of slavery. He wrote in 1774: “I am shocked by viewing one part of the world seemingly made only to furnish slaves for the other.” As an Independent Member of Parliament from 1780 and an evangelical Christian from 1784, Wilberforce headed for twenty years the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade, until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. He was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education and championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, and the foundation of the Church Mission Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He played a leading role in over forty good causes, from campaigning for schools and hospitals to be free to pressing for better conditions for chimney sweeps. His underlying conservatism led him to support politically- and socially-controversial legislation and resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home whilst campaigning for the enslaved abroad. In his later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery and continued his involvement after his 1825 resignation from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which ended slavery in most of the British Empire. Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt the Younger. Image: prezi.com.

Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications - NOVEMBER 18 | MEMORIAL  OF THE DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF STS. PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES Around  300 Constantine built a basilica over the

Dedication of Basilicas of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Feast Day celebrating St Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, both built by the Emperor Constantine the Great during the Fourth Century. These sites had already been visited by pilgrims for over a century when the basilicas were built to honour the apostles traditionally believed to have been buried there. The basilicas were originally joined by a colonnade, despite their being several miles apart. Their significance in the Catholic Church is emphasised in the reference made to them in the 1585 Obligation on Catholic bishops to make an obligatory ad limina (to the threshold) visit to the tombs of the Apostles in Rome, since 1911 every five years, to report on the status of their prelatures (dioceses). Image: facebook.com.

María en Pentecostés (Maracaibo, Venezuela) - DEVOCION A LA VIRGEN DE  CHIQUINQUIRA EN VENEZUELA: Cuenta la historia que una humilde anciana  lavandera habitante de un barrio humilde de Nueva Zamora de Maracaibo

Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá (Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, La Chinita). Feast Day for the 1709 image of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, painted on wood and found on the shores of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela and now in the Basílica in Maracaibo and referred to as La Chinita. Each year, the city of Maracaibo celebrates the traditional Feast of La Chinita with Masses and normally with processions in honour of the Virgin. This year, the fifty-fifth Queen of the Feria (Feast) is of African ancestry. A Sixteenth-Century image painted on cotton and kept in the Basílica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Chiquinquirá, Colombia, where the first of the Virgin’s miraculous manifestations occurred, is celebrated every 9 July. Venerated in Catholic Church. Patron of Colombia, Maracaibo and Zulia, Venezuela, Caraz, Peru, Venezuelan National Guard. Image: es-es.facebook.com.

Prayer Virgen del Rosario, pray for us now. Grant us the inestimable gift of peace, overcoming all hatreds, resentments and the reconciliation of all our brothers and sisters. Be for us the door of Heaven, life, sweetness and hope, so that together we can glorify the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen