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Skulls identified as those of the Welsh Catholic martyrs Philip Evans and John Lloyd

Catholic martyrs’ bones identified almost 150 years after discovery in an attic

Two skulls were discovered in an attic in Wales in 1878. Researchers believe they have now identified them as belonging... Read more

Martyred Italian judge Rosario Livatino (1952-1990). Public domain.

Pope Francis: Martyred Catholic judge showed mafia’s ‘intrinsic denial of the Gospel’

In the preface to a new book, Pope Francis says that the martyrdom of Italian Catholic judge Rosario Livatino in... Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

How a former heroin addict unearthed a book of Irish martyrs

Damien Richardson rediscovered his faith and overcame addiction. Then he unearthed an extraordinary book about Ireland’s Catholic history...  Read more

Archbishop George Frendo, O.P., Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës in Albania. Courtesy photo.

Archbishop: ‘The Catholic Church in Albania enjoys great credibility and respect’

Pope Francis only spent 11 hours in Albania when he visited the country in 2014. But for some, his trip was... Read more

Fr. Giuseppe Livatino, postulator and cousin of martyred judge Rosario Livatino. Credit: www.piolatorre.it.

Rosario Livatino’s postulator: Christians urgently need ‘credible witnesses’

The postulator of the beatification cause of a judge martyred by the mafia says that Christians today urgently need “credible... Read more

Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center.

How a martyr killed by the mafia inspired a generation of Catholic lawyers

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal... Read more

Wili Graf (1918-1943).

Archdiocese prepares beatification cause of anti-Nazi White Rose member

A German archdiocese said Monday that it is preparing to open the beatification cause of a member of the White... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 8, 2020.

Pope Francis to Catholics: Do not fear persecution, violence

Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged Christians to fear sin, not the hostility, violence, or persecution they may face when sharing... Read more

An image of St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre from Wuhan, China courtesy of Dr. Anthony Clark.

China’s first saint was martyred on a cross in Wuhan

China’s first canonized saint was martyred by suffocation on a cross in Wuhan, the epicenter of today’s coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address during Advent 2016.

St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says

The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part... Read more

Pope Francis at the Nagasaki Martyrs’ Monument on Nishizaka Hill Nov. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis honors heroism of Japanese martyrs of Nagasaki

Pope Francis Sunday honored the many martyrs who died in Japan during two centuries of persecution, encouraging Catholics in the... Read more

Blessed Stanley Rother and a child in Guatemala.

Construction on Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine begins in OKC

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City broke ground Sunday on what will be the largest Catholic church in the state—... Read more

Catacombs of Priscilla.

Pope Francis celebrates All Souls' Day Mass in Rome catacombs

Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday for the souls of the dead in Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla, saying the place of a... Read more

Fr Rother.

Archdiocese to break ground for Bl. Stanley Rother shrine in November 

The shy and unassuming Blessed Father Stanley Rother, a missionary priest and martyr from a farming family, would likely be... Read more

Pope Francis prays in Basilica of St Bartholomew on Tiber Island April 22, 2017.

This Roman basilica is dedicated to 20th century martyrs

On an island in Rome’s Tiber River, there is a basilica devoted to the Christian martyrs of the 20th century,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square June 5, 2019.

'Witnesses of freedom and mercy' - Pope Francis remembers bishops martyred under Communism

Pope Francis Wednesday reflected upon his recent apostolic visit to Romania, where he beatified seven Greek-Catholic bishops martyred under Soviet... Read more

Pope Francis beatifies seven martyrs at Divine Liturgy in Blaj, Romania June 2, 2019.

Pope in Romania: Martyred bishops gave their lives for fidelity to the Church

Declaring their beatification Sunday in Romania, Pope Francis said seven martyred Greek-Catholic bishops gave their lives for fidelity to the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with Romanian Orthodox Patriarch Daniel in Bucharest May 31, 2019.

Pope Francis says Catholics, Orthodox bonded by blood of the martyrs

Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics and Orthodox are bonded by a “shared inheritance” of suffering for Christ from the... Read more

Six of the seven martyred bishops who will be beatified in Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Courtesy photos.

Pope Francis will beatify these martyred Greek-Catholic bishops in Romania

On Sunday in Blaj, Pope Francis will beatify seven Greek-Catholic bishops of Romania who were killed by the communist regime... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more