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Meet the Holy Innocents: The ‘Infant Martyrs’ Who Died for Baby Jesus

Renata Sedmakova”Massacre of the Innocents,” by Mariano Rossi (1731-1807), in the church Chiesa san Giuseppe alla Lungara, Rome.

In a 2016 letter marking the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis acknowledged that “Christmas is also accompanied, whether we like it or not, by tears.”