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Pope Francis' general audience of April 19, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘Every Christian is called to the witness of life’

Apr 19, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Persecution of Christians is not just a thing of the past, Pope Francis said. Read more

Members of the Ulma family at their home and farm. On March 24, 1944, all nine members of the Ulma family were killed by the Nazis for hiding a Jewish family in their home in Poland, including a child still in the womb.

On this day in 1944 the Ulma family was martyred by the Nazis

Mar 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

On March 24, 1944, all nine members of the Ulma family were killed by the Nazis — including a child... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square, Dec. 26, 2022

Pope Francis, renewing his prayers for peace in Ukraine, calls on Catholics to learn from the martyrs

Dec 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis on Monday called on Catholics to pray for those who have harmed them — and those persecuted —... Read more

Father Ragheed Ganni

A Priest and Martyr for the Faith: The cause for the beatification of Father Ragheed Ganni

Aug 19, 2022

By Rody Sher

It has been fifteen years since the martyrdom of Father Ragheed Ganni, the Chaldean priest of the Holy Spirit parish... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via

Lord Alton commemorates bravery, solidarity of the 21 Coptic Orthodox martyrs

Feb 15, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A British human rights campaigner on Tuesday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 men, known as the... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by Islamic State terrorists while saying Mass, July 26, 2016.

Trial begins in France over murder of Fr Jacques Hamel

Feb 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A trial began in Paris on Monday for four people charged with conspiring in the murder of Father Jacques Hamel,... 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

Jan 8, 2021

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

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's apostolic palace Nov. 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Be a witness to Christ in your ordinary life

Dec 26, 2020

Be a witness to Jesus Christ in the way you conduct your ordinary, everyday life, and it will become a... Read more

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain.

Judge killed by mafia to be beatified

Dec 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his... Read more

The Valley of the Fallen.

The martyrs buried at the Valley of the Fallen

Oct 28, 2020

The Valley of the Fallen is a monumental complex near Madrid which includes an abbey and basilica, and which honors... Read more

Spain's twentieth century martyrs were not only from Spanish Civil War

Oct 19, 2020

While there is a tendency to associate the Spanish martyrs of the 20th century solely with the civil war of... Read more

The Martyrs of Compiegne, from the Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk, England. Photograph

Who are the Martyrs of Compiegne?

Jul 17, 2020

On July 17 the Church commemorates 16 French religious sisters who died at the hands of the French Revolution, hastening... Read more

 Rome's Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

Apr 24, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy.  Read more

A Romanian stamp featuring Bishop Iuliu Hossu of the Romanian Diocese of Cluj-Gherla, who was among the seven bishops whose martyrdom was recognized by the pope March 19, 2019. Public domain.

Seven 20th-century Romanian bishops declared martyrs

Mar 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis declared Tuesday the martyrdom of seven Greek-Catholic bishops killed by the communist regime in Romania in the mid-20th... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass for Christmas Dec. 24, 2017.

Jesus' coming is an invitation to conversion, Pope Francis says

Dec 26, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday Pope Francis said there is a strong link between the death of St. Stephan, the Church's first martyr,... Read more

Sixty Vincentians martyred during Spanish Civil War to be beatified

Nov 4, 2017

Next Saturday 60 members of the Vincentian Order who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War will be beatified at... Read more

Ukrainian priest.

In a grandmother’s dress, the hidden story of a Ukrainian priest’s martyrdom

Sep 28, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Dr. George Isajiw, the grandson of a slain Ukrainian priest, always knew that his grandfather was martyred by the Soviet... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 26, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Remember the witness of your martyrs, Pope tells Japanese bishops

Sep 18, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter to Japanese bishops, Pope Francis urges his brother prelates to use the example of their country's martyrs... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Here's what Benedict XVI's former students will discuss next month

Aug 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The persecution and martyrdom of Christians will be the topic of discussion at an annual gathering of Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope Francis: The way of Christ is the way of persecution

Jun 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that following Christ means taking a path contrary to that of the world, and being... Read more