- Oct 31, 2020
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.
We are living in a time of “New Martyrs” where thousands of men and women suffer persecution around the globe because of their Christian faith. Pope Francis’s visit to the Basilica of St. Bartholomew puts a spotlight on the church’s vast collection of relics and memento’s belonging to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries.