Kandhamal Archives - Crux



  • If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    Though anti-Christian persecution around the world is a widespread and growing problem, popes can’t just wave a magic wand and make police states, armed gangs and terrorists disappear. What they can do, however, is deploy their unique authority to fast-track sainthood causes for new martyrs, and Pope Francis has a looming chance to do just that when he visits India.

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  • New martyrs whose deaths meet the old test of ‘hatred of the faith’

    New martyrs whose deaths meet the old test of ‘hatred of the faith’

    Pope Francis is set to visit Rome’s Church of St. Bartholomew on Saturday to shine a spotlight on the Church’s new martyrs. Yesterday, Crux presented a sampling of new martyrs killed ‘in odium amoris,’ or ‘hatred of love’; today, we look at several new martyrs whose deaths seem to meet the classic test of being killed ‘in odium fidei,’ or ‘hatred of the faith.’

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  • Where the Church absolutely incarnates the smallness of God

    Where the Church absolutely incarnates the smallness of God

    A ferocious anti-Christian pogrom broke out in Kandhamal, India, in late 2007 and 2008. Riots led by radical Hindus left 100 people dead, thousands injured, 300 churches and 6,000 homes destroyed and 50,000 people displaced, many hiding in forests where more died of hunger and snakebites.

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