You desire that which exceeds my humble powers, but I trust in the compassion and mercy of the All-powerful God - Saint Stephen.

Like his Master, Saint Stephen died forgiving his persecutors and thus makes us realise that the entry into the world of the Son of God gives rise to a new civilisation, the civilisation of love that does not yield to evil and violence and pulls down the barriers between men and women, making them brothers and sisters in the great family of God’s children - Pope Benedict XVI