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Pope Francis praying.

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by... Read more

Archbishop Oscaro Romero.

Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Feb 3, 2015

Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013.

Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

Dec 26, 2014

Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on May 7, 2014.

Pope Francis: Church grows from the blood of the martyrs

Jun 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis focused his homily for the feast of the First Roman Martyrs on the witness of martyrdom, and prayed... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver.

Denver archbishop: Syrian martyrs are 'model of courage'

Sep 24, 2013

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has said that Syrian Catholics killed for their faith offer a “model of courage... Read more