Martyrs

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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

CNA

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 www.vladimir-ghika.ro.

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

Pope Saint John I

Martyrdom of Pope St. John I remembered May 18

May 12, 2013

On May 18, the Catholic Church honors the first “Pope John” in its history. Saint John I was a martyr... Read more

CNA

Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a... Read more

CNA

Catholic nurse executed by Nazis remembered in Rome

Mar 7, 2013

Blessed Maria Restituta, a Catholic nurse who was decapitated by the Nazis in March of 1943, was remembered for her... Read more

Saint John Ogilvie

Catholics in Scotland to celebrate convert and martyr St. John Ogilvie

Mar 3, 2013

March 10 is the liturgical memorial of Saint John Ogilvie, a 16th- and 17th-century Scotsman who converted from Presbyterianism to... Read more

St. Flavian of Constantinople.

Patriarch St. Flavian's faithful witness honored Feb. 18

Feb 17, 2013

On Feb. 18, the Roman Catholic Church remembers Patriarch Saint Flavian of Constantinople, who is honored on the same date... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (L) with Bishop Richard J. Malone, as they process into St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo courtesy of Keenan Communications Group.

New Buffalo bishop stresses need for modern-day martyrs

Aug 11, 2012

As Bishop Richard J. Malone became the fourteenth Bishop of Buffalo, N.Y. on Aug. 10, he outlined the need for... Read more

Mauricio Kuri speaks with CNA on April 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Actor admires Mexican martyr’s strong defense of the faith

May 18, 2012

By Peter Zelasko

Mauricio Kuri has come to believe that, like the teenage Mexican martyr he plays in the upcoming film “For Greater... Read more