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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope Francis: 'killing in the name of God is satanic'

Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under... Read more

Sister Sally speaks at the Jubilee for Workers of Mercy and Volunteers.

Only sister to survive Yemen attack: despite danger, 'we chose to stay'

A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to... Read more

Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to... Read more

The body of Saint Maria Goretti is venerated by the faithful at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by George Martell/Archdioese of Boston via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be 'witnesses of forgiveness'

Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her... Read more

Saints, martyrs and the cross – Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of... Read more

St. Thomas More. Public domain.

Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up... Read more

They died for the faith: 115 Spanish Catholics recognized as martyrs

Pope Francis has officially recognized 115 Catholics who were killed during the Spanish Civil War out of hatred of the... Read more

Trevi fountain.

Trevi Fountain in Rome to be dyed red for Christian martyrs

On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed... Read more

Pope Francis waves at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 18, 2015.

Pope Francis: Martyrs are still the 'life blood of the Church'

Pope Francis on Thursday praised the consistency and courage of the modern day martyrs who continue to “carry the Church... Read more

From L-R: Sr. Anselm, Sr. Reginette,  Sr. Judith, Sr. Marguerite.

Here are the faces of the nuns who were martyred in Yemen

Sister Anslem, Sister Reginette, Sister Judith, Sister Marguerite, and were serving as caretakers at the Missionaries of Charity's convent and... Read more

Missionaries of Charity at a prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square, June 19, 2015.

There's no question – the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen 'died as martyrs'

After a recent attack at a Missionaries of Charity convent in Yemen claimed the lives of four of the sisters... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

The number of Christian martyrs has tripled in two years.

In 2013, there were some 2,100 Christians killed for faith-related reasons across the globe. Last year, that number rose to... Read more

Indian Women.

Soon to be saints? India's Christians killed in brutal 2008 massacre

The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Feb 18.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his... Read more

Blessed Benedict Daswa, who was martyred in 1990, and beatified Sept. 13.

Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African martyred for rejecting witchcraft

Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on... Read more

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Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and... Read more

Pope Francis.

Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding... Read more

Japan's history of 'hidden' Christians and what the Pope said about it

In a recent meeting with Japan's bishops, Pope Francis discussed how the country's brutal history of Christian persecution has given... Read more

Prayer vigil outside the White House remembers 21 murdered Coptic Christians in Libya.

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope condemns beheading of Egyptian Christians, says blood 'cries out to be heard'

Pope Francis mourned the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State, calling them martyrs that “belong to all Christians.”  Read more