This man was killed for defying Hitler – and now he's been beatified.

Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser who refused to take the Hitler oath was beatified March 18 in his home town of Bolsano. In 1944, Mayr-Nusser, a Catholic husband and father, refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler after being drafted into the German army. He died on the way to Dachau concentration camp, to… Continue reading This man was killed for defying Hitler – and now he's been beatified.

Fr. Stanley Rother, first US-born martyr, to be beatified in September

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23, 2017. The beatification announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on March 13. Fr. Rother was a priest of the archdiocese. The beatification Mass will take place at 10 a.m. at… Continue reading Fr. Stanley Rother, first US-born martyr, to be beatified in September

Here are the faces of the nuns who were martyred in Yemen

Sister Anslem, Sister Reginette, Sister Judith, and Sister Marguerite were serving as caretakers at the Missionaries of Charity’s convent and nursing home in Aden, Yemen. These sisters left their homes in India and Africa to serve the poor, elderly, and disabled in the war-torn country of Yemen. They worked together with volunteers at the convent’s… Continue reading Here are the faces of the nuns who were martyred in Yemen

Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the Beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year. Takayama Ukon was born… Continue reading Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

Pope Francis said Monday the strength of the Church does not reside primarily in grand gestures, but in the quiet faith of Christians in minority areas, who continue to practice even in the face of persecution and martyrdom. “We are pleased when we see a great ecclesial act, which has been a great success, the… Continue reading Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

This priest from Oklahoma was a martyr – here's his powerful story

“Padre, they’ve come for you.” Those were some of the last words heard by Father Stanley Francis, spoken by someone staying at the mission in Guatemala who had been led, at gunpoint, to where “Padre Francisco” was sleeping. It was 1:30 in the morning on July 28, 1981, and Guatemala was in the throes of… Continue reading This priest from Oklahoma was a martyr – here's his powerful story

Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

Pope Francis stood before St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday to proclaim the Church has accepted into its fold seven new Saints. Beautiful tapestry portraits of each new saint hung from St. Peter’s Basilica above the main square, where Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims and introduced each new Saint. Radio Vatican estimated about 80,000 people were… Continue reading Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

Modern Martyrs

Recent research that has uncovered three hundred German martyrs to Nazism flies in the face of much recent historical reinterpretation, which holds the Church reacted weakly — or in some cases cooperated with Adolph Hider’s regime. The first volume of the Martyrologium Germanicum, entitled German Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century, confirms the Catholic position during the dictatorship. The… Continue reading Modern Martyrs

Pope Francis’s visit to Central African Republic confirmed despite security concerns

Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic at the end of November Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a November 25-30 visit to Africa. Releasing the schedule for the trip, the Vatican said… Continue reading Pope Francis’s visit to Central African Republic confirmed despite security concerns