Martyrs

Pope at Mass: life has value only when given

In his homily at Mass, Friday morning, Pope Francis drew lesson from the martyrdom of John the Baptist and the other characters involved in it. According to Jesus, the martyrdom of John, the greatest man born of a woman, is a great witness to the fact that life has value only in giving it to others [...]

Child martyrs and priests to become saints

Dozens of martyrs from the Americas along with two zealous priests of Italy and Spain are to be canonized by Pope Francis. Pilgrims will gather in z on Sunday to witness the canonization of three Mexican teenagers known as the “Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala”. Cristobal, Antonio, and Juan were murdered in the 1520s after being caught [...]

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 [...]

‘A Church without martyrs breeds distrust’

On the second anniversary of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed in 1980 by military squadrons linked to the Regime in San Salvador as he defended the poor, Pope Francis recalled Romero’s religious fervor and passion for justice while warning the faithful against a ‘lukewarm’ Church. The Pope was speaking during Mass at [...]

'Martyrs are the living blood of the Church'

Pope Francis on Saturday paid tribute to modern day martyrs whom he said “are the living blood of the Church". The Pope was presiding over a Liturgy of the Word at the Church of St. Bartholomew on the Tiber, a shrine to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Speaking during his homily, the Pope [...]

When martyrs don’t make the news

Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday, 30 January, in the Casa Santa Marta chapel for “today’s martyrs”, persecuted and imprisoned Christians, and for Churches which are not free to express the faith. With the understanding that “a Church without martyrs is a Church without Jesus”, the Pontiff stressed that these martyrs sustain the Church and carry [...]

To touch the hearts of terrorists

· The Pope's prayer in the Basilica of St Francis in Krakow · On his way from the Archbishopric of Krakow to the Campus Misericordiae for the Vigil on Saturday afternoon, 30 July, the Holy Father paid a brief visit to the Church of St. Francis, near the archbishop’s residence, where it is possible to venerate [...]

Two kinds of persecution

There are two types of persecution against Christians, the Pope said on Tuesday morning, 12 April, during Mass at Santa Marta. There is the explicit kind — to which he related the martyrs killed at Easter in Pakistan — and the sort of persecution that is “polite, disguised as culture, modernity and progress”, and ends up [...]

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Living blood

The Church needs the witness of martyrs, of “consistent” Christians who “live their life in earnest”. In his reflection during Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 7 April, Pope Francis pondered the vital lymph of the Church, the “living blood” which carries her forth day by day: testimony. The meditation was inspired by the liturgy [...]

“Today the Church is the Church of martyrs”

“Today the Church is the Church of martyrs”. And among these martyrs are “our brothers whose throats were cut on the beach of Libya; that young man burned alive by companions for being a Christian; those immigrants on the high seas thrown overboard for being Christians; those Ethiopians assassinated for being Christians”. In the chapel of [...]

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