- Jan 28, 2020
Father Giuseppe Diana was killed on March 19, 1994, for standing up to the Camorra in southern Italy.
Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants.
Three things happened Saturday with big Catholic implications, two initiated by the pope, and the other by Irish voters.
Blessed Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, an Italian priest who was shot and killed by the Italian mafia in 1993, is being honored by the Vatican with a commemorative stamp on the 25th anniversary of his martyrdom.
By creating a new pathway to sainthood for the “offer of life,” meaning giving up one’s life for others, Pope Francis in effect has short-circuited a longstanding debate about many victims of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, which is whether their deaths were strictly for religious motives, and thus in keeping with the traditional test for martyrdom of being killed “in odium fidei,” or “hatred of the faith.”
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.’