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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'

Feb 16, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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

Fr. Alessandro Dordi. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Bergamo/

Killed by terrorists, named a martyr: the life of Fr. Alessandro Dordi

Feb 6, 2015

On Feb. 3, Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Alessandro Dordi, an Italian priest whose work of evangelization with... 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.

Archbishop Romero's witness a 'slap in the face' to self-centered society

Feb 5, 2015

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Oscar Romero's cause for beatification, said the martyr's life was a chastisement of... Read more

Fr. Miguel Tomaszek and Fr. Zbigniew Strzalkowski (Public Domain).

Who are the two Polish priests martyred in Peru?

Feb 5, 2015

Two Polish priest killed by a Communist group in Peru were among those recognized as martyrs by Pope Francis on... Read more

Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in Sept. 2014.

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Oct 29, 2014

Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government's... Read more

Dr. Geraldine Kelley, a translator of entries in the

The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

Oct 22, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Sep 12, 2014

An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives for the closing Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day Aug. 17, 2014.

'Asian youth, wake up!' Church needs your witness, Pope says

Aug 17, 2014

Addressing thousands of young people from across Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to “wake up” and spread Christ’s... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014.

Vatican releases itinerary for Pope’s visit to Korea

Jun 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has officially announced what Pope Francis’ schedule will be while in South Korea later this summer, during... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014

The Church is more than 'a university of religion,' Pope insists

May 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass Pope Francis recounted the death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, explaining that being a... Read more

Blessed Roger Wrenno.

Relaunch of English martyrs film brings stories to US audience

May 1, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

“Faith of Our Fathers,” a powerful 2013 film telling stories of the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, has been... Read more

Official logo for Pope Francis' Apostolic Voyage to South Korea in August, 2014

Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack levelled on the city 11 June 2012.

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Jan 9, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according... Read more

Procession in commemoration of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs in Thailand.

Vietnamese Catholics commemorate 117 martyrs as models of faith

Nov 28, 2013

Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand gathered on Nov. 17 to celebrate the witness of 117 canonized martyrs of their homeland.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a Nov. 4 Mass for the dead.

Pope lauds courageous choices of modern martyrs

Nov 25, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the faithfulness of God, highlighting the importance of trusting him with one’s... Read more


Spanish martyrs show victory of love over hate, says bishop

Oct 16, 2013

The recent beatification of 522 Spanish martyrs of the 20th century is a testimony to the victory of God’s love,... Read more

Esther Paniagua and Sr. Caridad lvarez.

Augustinian sisters remembered for martyrdom in Algeria

Sep 12, 2013

Two Augustinian missionaries who were martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for... Read more

Bl. Vladimir Ghika. Photo courtesy of

Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Sep 12, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at Castel Gandolfo before the Sunday Angelus on July 14, 2013.

'Month of Martyrs' in Korea draws praise from Pope Francis

Aug 29, 2013

Pope Francis sent a message today to South Korea praising the country's decision to proclaim September as the “Month of... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter’s Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Catholics are called to 'daily martyrdom,' says Pope

Jun 23, 2013

During his June 23 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis said the faithful are called to follow the example of the martyrs... Read more