• Long home to vampire lore, Transylvania today has new Blesseds

    Long home to vampire lore, Transylvania today has new Blesseds

    • Jun 2, 2019

    On Sunday in Romania, Pope Francis beatified seven bishops of the Eastern rite church who refused to abandon their faith under the communist dictatorship, which wasn’t overthrown until 1989.

  • Pope Francis: Martyrs an example of hope, strength amidst persecution

    Pope Francis: Martyrs an example of hope, strength amidst persecution

    • Jun 28, 2017

    Jesus warned his disciples of the hostility they would encounter being a witness to the Gospel, and that is still true today as Christians are persecuted everywhere, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience. The example of the martyrs, who showed strength and hope in the face of hostility, can inspire Christians facing violence or hostility.

  • Martyrdom ‘not remote possibility’ for Mindanao Catholics, priest says

    Martyrdom ‘not remote possibility’ for Mindanao Catholics, priest says

    • Jun 12, 2017

    “The value of witnessing cuts across generations,” Jesuit Father Tim Ofracio said. He was speaking both about the cause for martyrdom for Jesuit Father Francesco Palliola as well as Father Teresito Soganub and other Catholics kidnapped recently by militants. “These are values that raise the dignity of the human person.” He said there is a demand for a “new kind of martyrdom” today, “like dying to yourself and living for others.”

  • Pilgrims by the thousands trek to Ugandan shrine to recall 22 martyrs

    Pilgrims by the thousands trek to Ugandan shrine to recall 22 martyrs

    • Jun 2, 2017

    Thousands of people from all over the world are trekking for miles on a pilgrimage to the Uganda Martyrs Basilica and Shrine in Namugongo to honor the memory of 22 Catholic saints who lost their lives because of their faith from 1885 to 1887.

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

    Meet the New Martyrs—same as the Old Martyrs?

    • Apr 25, 2017

    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.

  • St. Bartholomew Basilica shows a time of New Martyrs

    St. Bartholomew Basilica shows a time of New Martyrs

    • Apr 22, 2017

    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.