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Pope Francis gives a blessing after he delivers his Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 26, 2023.

Pope Francis: After 2,000 years the persecution of Christians continues

Dec 26, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

During Tuesday’s Angelus on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace. Read more

Painting of St. Stephen’s martyrdom.

St. Stephen: Visiting the spot where the first martyr died

Dec 26, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A chapel of one form or another memorializing Stephen’s martyrdom has existed at the site since at least the fifth... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square, Dec. 26, 2022

Pope Francis, renewing his prayers for peace in Ukraine, calls on Catholics to learn from the martyrs

Dec 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis on Monday called on Catholics to pray for those who have harmed them — and those persecuted —... Read more

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's apostolic palace Nov. 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Be a witness to Christ in your ordinary life

Dec 26, 2020

Be a witness to Jesus Christ in the way you conduct your ordinary, everyday life, and it will become a... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address during Advent 2016.

St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says

Dec 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part... Read more