Martyrdom

Pope at Mass: Martyrdom doesn’t make the news

At Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope comments on the day’s Gospel, saying that the Church is made manifest “in the Eucharist and in good works.” The Church grows “in simplicity, in silence, in praise, in the Eucharistic sacrifice, in fraternal community, where all are loved,” and none are rejected. That was the message [...]

Christ's coming means conversion, change

At the Angelus on St Stephen's Day, Pope Francis said that Christ’s coming into the world means we must “convert” and change our way of thinking. Pope Francis said that Christ’s coming into the world means we must “convert” and change our way of thinking. The Holy Father was speaking ahead of the Angelus on Tuesday. In Italy, and [...]

Pope takes 27 candidates a step closer to sainthood‎

Pope Francis has authorized 12 decrees on miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of 22 men and 5 ‎women. ‎ Pope Francis on Monday took 27 men and women a step closer to sainthood.  The Pope received Card. Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized him to promulgate 12 decrees regarding 22 men and [...]

Pope Francis in flight press conference: full text

Pope Francis on Saturday en route to Rome following his visit to Myanmar Bangladesh held his traditional in flight press conference. Among the topics of discussion were the Rohingya people, nuclear arms, globalization and future travel plans. Greg Burke: Thank you, Holy Father. First of all, thanks. You have chosen two interesting countries to visit. Two [...]

Strength of the martyrs is hope

Continuing his catechesis on “Christian Hope,” Pope Francis spoke Wednesday on “Hope, Strength of the Martyrs” at his General Audience in St Peter’s Square. The Holy Father reflected on the words of Jesus: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves… You will be hated by all because of My Name, but [...]

Under her mantle

In a world of orphans, Mary is the mother who fully understands us and defends us, because she too has personally experienced the same humiliations which, for example, are suffered by the mothers of prisoners today. Celebrating Mass in the Chapel of Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 15 September, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, [...]

The Triumph of Love

Raffaele Di Muro, Maximilian Kolbe: The Triumph of Love A message of hope and rebirth released on the 75th anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom at Auschwitz “Faith means deciding to stay with the Lord, to live with Him.” So Father Raffaele Di Muro concludes in his study of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Maximilian [...]

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“With the name of Jesus on their lips”: On Martyrdom

The Copts who were beheaded because they were Christians, died “with the name of Jesus on their lips”; they truly understood “the scandal of the Cross”. The “path of martyrs” is part of everyday Christian life, also in the family, the the defense of human rights and in the experience of the sick. It is the [...]