Archbishop Oscar Romero Archives - Crux



  • Meet the New Martyrs—same as the Old Martyrs?

    Meet the New Martyrs—same as the Old Martyrs?

    Is the juxtaposition of “the new martyrs” vs. “the old martyrs” in the Church really fair? It suggests that while martyrs used to be killed for hatred of the faith, they now die for “odium amoris” and other formulations of the canon law requirements for martyrdom. It may simply be that the “New Martyrs” seem “new” to us because of the novelty that their martyrdoms happened in the cultural context of our modern times.

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  • Killed for love: How new martyrs showcase new kind of martyrdom

    Killed for love: How new martyrs showcase new kind of martyrdom

    Pope Francis will visit the Church of San Bartolomeo on Rome’s Tiber Island on Saturday in order to celebrate the memory of the Church’s contemporary martyrs. Although the total number of Christians killed each year for reasons linked to their faith is staggering, here’s a sampling of some of those who were killed in what St. John Paul II called ‘odium amoris,’ meaning ‘hatred of love.’

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  • No date yet for Romero canonization, archbishop says

    No date yet for Romero canonization, archbishop says

    Pope Francis said, “that it would be very good if the places associated with Romero — his relics, the place where he was killed and where he was born — would become places of pilgrimage,” when speaking about Blessed Oscar Romero whose cause for canonization is being examined.

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