This is a translation of a commentary by the Pontifical Household preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, on the readings from liturgy of Sunday 24th June 2007
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He will be called John
Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist
Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66,80
This year the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist is celebrated in the place of the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This is an ancient feast that goes back to the fourth Century.