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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

Janos Brenner.

Beloved 1950s Hungarian priest and martyr beatified

Fr. János Brenner, a Cistercian Hungarian priest who was martyred in the 1950s, was beatified May 1. The beatification took... Read more

Mass was held in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 new saints Oct. 15, 2017.

Two 20th-century martyrs move toward beatification

Saturday Pope Francis moved two 20th-century martyrs a step closer to sainthood, including Veronica Antal, a young Romanian woman killed... Read more

These priests were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

In recent years, some Catholics have been concerned by pushes from governments in locations such as Louisiana and Australia who... Read more

Italian nun martyred in Somalia takes step toward beatification

An Italian nun killed in Somalia in 2006 has been officially recognized as a martyr, as Pope Francis moved her... Read more

Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892.

Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr.  Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Moved by priest's martyrdom, French businessman returns to the faith

Patrick Canac was baptized, but like so many others, drifted away from the Church over time.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 11, 2016.

Pope Francis beatifies two Colombian martyrs

During Mass in Colombia on Friday, Pope Francis beatified two martyrs from the country, both of whom were killed in... Read more

Pope Francis.

Who are the martyrs Pope Francis will beatify in Colombia?

During his six-day visit to Colombia in September, Pope Francis will beatify martyrs Bishop Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve and Fr.... Read more

A year after his murder, Fr. Jacques Hamel remembered

One year after the brutal killing of Fr. Jacques Hamel, French bishops recalled the beautiful example of the man who... 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

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

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Who conquers the devil's hatred? God's new martyrs, Pope says

The devil’s hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of... Read more

Joseph Mayr-Nusser.

This man was killed for defying Hitler – and now he's been beatified.

Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser who refused to take the Hitler oath was beatified March 18 in his home town of... Read more

Fr Rother.

Fr. Stanley Rother, first US-born martyr, to be beatified in September

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on... Read more

Samurai.

Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.  Read more

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

Pope: MidEast Christians reflect heroism of St. Stephen

Pope Francis has said the heroic martyrdom of St. Stephen is mirrored in the persecution of modern-day Christians, particularly in... Read more