For today's Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr, the Holy Father offered a reflection on the saint before praying the noonday Angelus. There was no Wednesday General Audience today.
The Holy Father mentioned that today celebrates the "birth in heaven" of the first Christian martyr. The link that united Christ to Stephen, he said, was divine charity. Here is an excerpt:
"It is always necessary to notice this distinctive feature of Christian martyrdom: it is exclusively an act of love for God and for man, including persecutors. At holy Mass today, we therefore pray to the Lord that he who 'died praying for those who killed him, [may] help us to imitate his goodness and to love our enemies' (cf. Opening Prayer)."