On Wednesday Pope Francis said that following Christ means taking a path contrary to that of the world, and being prepared to suffer because of this; though we have hope because of God’s constant presence. “Persecution is not a contradiction to the gospel, but is part of it: if they persecuted our Master, how can
A Soviet-era priest and bishop who continually defied communist rule and spent much of his ministry in prison will be beatified later this month in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis was declared a martyr by Pope Francis Dec. 16, clearing the way for his beatification. Archbishop Matulionis was known for his heroism and
When Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was confronted by armed men after celebrating the Eucharist at his Chaldean Catholic parish in Mosul, they asked him why he was still there and why he hadn’t closed the church as they had demanded. “How can I close the house of God?” he responded, right before they shot and
The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass The Diocese of Rouen has opened the canonisation Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass last year. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass, where all the diocesan priests were gathered, according to La Croix.
Fr. Rother was born in Oklahoma City, OK, making him the first martyr born in the United States In 1986, he was sent to Santiago Atitlan from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He helped the people build a small hospital, a school and its first Catholic radio station. Fr. Rother was called “Padre Francisco” and
The recent horrific murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel by two ISIS-linked killers has caused worldwide shock and outrage. Not only was Fr. Hamel killed in a gruesome way (having his throat slit), he was killed while saying Mass. This has led many to discuss his death in terms of martyrdom. Some have spoken
The Holy Father has approved the promulgation of several decrees regarding miracles and martyrdom from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, bringing 3 blesseds closer to sainthood after miracles credited to their intercession had been approved, and some 7 others on their way to beatification. Below is a full list of the decrees. –
08. Pope St Peter 13 October 64 A.D. As the First Pope of the Universal Church, and incumbent leader of all Christians during the great persecution of the then Emperor Nero, Peter became the ire of the latter who despised Christians, blaming them for the Great Fire in Rome earlier. Nero ordered his arrest but