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December 2013

St. Stephen’s Day

The day after Christmas–St. Stephen’s Day–has been a national holiday in Italy since 1947. A deacon of the early church of Jerusalem, St. Stephen is believed to have been the first Christian martyr having died around 33 AD.  His relics are preserved at the Church of St. Stephen in Jerusalem. Many businesses and organizations are closed including banks, post offices, [...]