- Feb 23, 2020
The Vatican announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of a fellow Jesuit, Salvadoran Father Rutilio Grande, and two companions who were murdered en route to a novena in 1977 in El Salvador.
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of six religious priests and brothers and seven laypeople who were killed in the 20th century “in hatred of the faith,” clearing the way for their beatification.
The film “Otto Neururer: Hope through Darkness,” based on the life of the first Austrian priest killed in a Nazi concentration camp, had its world premiere recently in Iowa.
Pope Francis on Sunday marked the Day of Missionary Martyrs, noting that last year, 40 missionaries were killed, the number almost doubling from the previous year.
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of an Italian missionary killed in Myanmar and seven Romanian Catholic bishops — one of whom was secretly named a cardinal by St. Paul VI — persecuted during the communist era.
Author Martin Mosebach discusses his new book chronicling the faith of the Coptic martyrs killed by ISIS in 2015.