18 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

For Pope Francis, people are more important than ideas

As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States, it’s telling that many Americans are still trying to get a political read on him. Some are convinced he’s a…

Read more

04 Jan 2016 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Nigerian Bishop Decries the terrible attack of the "Boko Haram" terrorist group during the just concluded holidays

The Boko haram terrorist group were reported to surface in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State of Nigeria, in the afternoon of December 27th 2015.…

Read more

06 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Latest ISIS video reveals their desperation to appear stronger against the Church

The Islamic State released another horrifying video claiming Allah is superior, infidels will die and claims that the US will fall - but is it just a ploy? A…

Read more

05 Jul 2016 Middle East News USA Vatican No comments

‘Find a political solution to Syrian crisis,’ Pope Francis urges international community

Pope Francis is urging governments to find a political solution to the war in Syria as part a new campaign. Caritas Internationalis, a global network of Cath…

Read more

19 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

Are we supposed to bow during these words of the Creed?

Full Question I used the small missal at Mass and noticed the instruction to bow during these words of the Creed: “by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born …

Read more

24 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

How can we offer Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Divine Mercy chaplet?

Full Question I am perplexed by the phrase in the Divine Mercy chaplet, "I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity, of your dearly beloved Son, our…

Read more

13 May 2016 News No comments

Archbishop says Italy’s civil unions bill is a defeat for democracy and family life

Archbishop Forte said the family was at risk of being taken over by a 'new vision for society' The Italian government’s approval of a bill that grants legal re…

Read more

12 Mar 2016 Americas News USA Vatican Comments (2)

Prominent Brazilian Franciscan Priest murdered in his Car

Father Antônio Moser, 75, who was a member of the 2015 synod of bishops on the family was shot dead in his car along Washington Luiz highway of Duque de Caxias …

Read more

15 Apr 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Prepare yourselves for martyrdom –Pope Francis tells Seminarians

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has urged Scottish Seminarians Rome’s Pontifical Scots College to be everly willing and ready to give-up their live for the sake o…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Pope Francis: ‘killing in the name of God is satanic’

Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under any form, is a work of Satan.

“This cruelty that asks for apostasy, let’s say the word, is satanic," the Pope said in a homily Sept. 14.

“Today in the church there are more Christian martyrs than in the first times. Today there are Christians who are assassinated, tortured, jailed, their throats are cut because they don’t deny Jesus Christ," Francis stated.

Pope Francis’ comments were made during an early morning Mass celebrated in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel at Casa Santa Marta Wednesday.
Fr. Hamel, 85, was killed July 26 in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen, while saying Mass. The assailants, who were armed with knives, declared their allegiance to the Islamic State, and were later shot dead by police.

“To the first Christians, apostasy was proposed – that is, say that our god is the true one, not yours. Make a sacrifice to our god, or our gods. And when they didn’t do this, when they refused apostasy, they were killed. This is repeated today," the Pope said.

“How much we would like that all of the religions would say that killing in the name of God is satanic."

Pope Francis called Fr. Hamel one of the newest martyrs in what is a new wave of Christian persecution happening around the world, saying that the priest accepted his own martyrdom with Christ “on the cross."

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, celebrated by the Church on Sept. 14 every year, Pope Francis talked about how Christ gave himself on the cross as a martyr for the salvation of humanity.

“Jesus Christ was the first martyr, the first that gave his life for us. And from this mystery of Christ comes all the history of Christian martyrdom," he said.

Even in the difficult moment of his death, Fr. Hamel, Francis said, saw who his assassin was and he said clearly, “’Be gone, Satan!’"
Like the first Christian martyrs, Fr. Hamel “gave his life for us and he gave his life for not denying Christ. He gave it in the very sacrifice of Jesus on the altar," the Pope said.

Among those present at the Sept. 14 Mass were the Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun, the sister of Fr. Hamel, and other pilgrims from Rouen. Several Cardinals, including French Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, were also present.

The altar held a photograph of Fr. Hamel and a bouquet of pink roses.

“He was a good, meek man, (a man) of fraternity who always sought to make peace. He was assassinated as if he were a criminal," Pope Francis continued.

Fr. Hamel’s example helps all of us “to go forward without fear," he said.

“May he from Heaven – and we should pray to him, eh, he’s a martyr!" the Pope said, “we have to pray to him that he give us the meekness, fraternity, peace, and also the courage to say the truth: To kill in the name of God is Satanic."

By Hannah Brockhaus


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories