Martyrdom

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

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

Venerable Teofilius Matulionis, who was martyred Aug. 20, 1962, and who will be beatified June 25.

Lithuania's first Soviet-era martyr to be beatified

Jun 13, 2017

A Soviet-era priest and bishop who continually defied communist rule and spent much of his ministry in prison will be... Read more

Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, who was killed for the faith June 3, 2007 in Mosul, is seen with a group of young adults. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

This priest and three companions were killed for the faith in Iraq

Jun 9, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

When Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was confronted by armed men after celebrating the Eucharist at his Chaldean Catholic parish in... Read more

 Archbishop Oscaro Romero with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Arzobispado de San Salvador/Oficina de la Causa de Canonizacion.

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

May 19, 2017

A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop's... Read more

Pope Francis 1 at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Modern martyrs exemplify true Christian unity, Pope says

Jan 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a speech to Catholic and Oriental Orthodox leaders, Pope Francis pointed, as he often does, to the example of... Read more