Today’s feast day is that of St Andrew Dung-Lac and his Companions. St Andrew converted Vietnam, where there are now 6 million Roman Catholics. St Andrew Dung-Lac and his friends are also known as the Vietnamese Martyrs, day 117 of whom have already been beatified. Not all were Vietnamese in nationality and their deaths were varied (75 were beheaded, 22 strangled, 6 burned alive, 5 torn to pieces while still alive and 9 died of torture). Please take a few moments today to pray for all those people around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. They all need our prayers.