- Feb 16, 2020
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of an Italian missionary killed in Myanmar and seven Romanian Catholic bishops — one of whom was secretly named a cardinal by St. Paul VI — persecuted during the communist era.
A 22-year-old who was shot 11 times in the street and a 21-year-old stabbed to death after being imprisoned in his local church are among a group of nine Spanish seminarians beatified as Catholic martyrs from the country’s civil war persecution.
A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican is holding a beatification ceremony for 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s.
High ranking Church and goverment representatives gathered in Rome last week to discuss the growing phenomenon of sects in Italy.
Presiding at a Mass for the beatification of martyrs Father Tullio Maruzzo and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, a Vatican official prayed that “their martyrdom would inspire in everyone courageous Christian witness, a consistent life and boundless commitment to others.”
The most crucial battle against the devil is the one that Christians fight within themselves daily to resist selfish temptations that lead to destructive ends, a top Vatican official said.