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

This Roman basilica is dedicated to 20th century martyrs

Jul 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

May 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

May 1, 2018

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

Jan 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 16, 2017

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

Nov 10, 2017

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?

Oct 29, 2017

By Mary Farrow

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

Oct 10, 2017

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

Sep 8, 2017

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?

Jul 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Jul 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

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

Apr 22, 2017

By Elise Harris

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.

Mar 21, 2017

By Mary Farrow

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