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The beatification of Fr. Jan Macha in Katowice, Poland, Nov. 20, 2021.

Catholic priest guillotined by Nazis is beatified in Poland

Nov 20, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Fr. Jan Macha was executed in 1942, after serving just 1,257 days as a priest. Read more

Blessed Emilia Fernandez

This pregnant woman who died in a prison in Spain, became a Martyr of the Rosary

Oct 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

A pregnant woman who found her faith in a Spanish prison during the Civil War (1936-1939) refused to give up... Read more

Chinese pilgrims attend the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

Feast of Chinese Martyrs an opportunity to pray for persecuted Christians in China

Jul 9, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Today, July 9, the Church celebrates the feast day of Chinese Martyrs, 120 faithful Catholics assassinated for their faith between... Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

Jun 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was beatified on June 6, the anniversary of her murder, in Chiavenna, northern Italy. Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Countdown to beatification of martyred Italian nun begins with Eucharistic adoration

Jun 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was stabbed to death by three teenage girls in the town of Chiavenna, Italy, in 2000. Read more

Sr. Laura Mainetti’s vestition ceremony in 1959.

‘My Jesus’: Martyred Italian nun saw Christ in young people

Nov 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A religious sister who knew Venerable Maria Laura Mainetti said the woman, who was murdered 20 years ago as part... Read more

Beatification Mass for Joan Roig Diggle in the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona Nov. 7, 2020. Screenshot.

Teen martyred while protecting the Eucharist beatified in Spain

Nov 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A 19-year-old Spanish martyr who gave his life while protecting the Eucharist was beatified Saturday at a Mass in the... Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Killer of martyred Italian nun: ‘I can have of her only a memory of love’

Oct 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The three teenage girls who killed Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti 20 years ago attested afterward that while they were stabbing... Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Pope Francis declares Catholic sister killed in Satanic ritual a martyr

Jun 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis declared Friday that an Italian religious sister killed by three teenage girls in a Satanic sacrifice was a... Read more

Brother James Miller. Courtesy: La Salle Christian Brothers

Martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family to be beatified in Guatemala 

Dec 7, 2019

The son of Wisconsin farmers, Brother James Miller, FSC, will be beatified in Guatemala this Saturday, 36 years after he... Read more

In Michelangelo's Pietà, the Virgin Mary holds her Son as she did at his birth.

St. Stephen’s Day connects Christ’s birth to his salvific mission, Pope Francis says

Dec 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, falls the day after Christmas —  timing that contains an important... Read more

Vatican stamp honors priest martyred by Mafia 25 years ago

Jan 28, 2018

“I’ve been expecting you.” These were reportedly the foreboding last words of Blessed Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, an Italian priest who... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Pope Francis comforts sister of Fr. Jacques Hamel, killed in France

Apr 24, 2017

Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers... Read more

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio banner in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 16, 2016.

A lesson from one of the Church's newest saints

Oct 18, 2016

When we find ourselves weary from the troubles of life, we can find inspiration in the heroism of one of... 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 hailed for life producing 'great harvest'

Mar 25, 2015

Los Angeles Catholics gave thanks for Archbishop Oscar Romero’s upcoming beatification and prayed that his “shining example” of sacrificial love... Read more