- Apr 13, 2021
The deaths of those martyred in the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation on Oct. 31, 2010, Francis said during a meeting with the bishops, religious, and catechists in Baghdad, “are a powerful reminder that inciting war, hateful attitudes, violence or the shedding of blood are incompatible with authentic religious teachings.”
On the sixth anniversary of the martyrdom of the 21 Coptic men by ISIS terrorist in a Libyan beach, Pope Francis released a heartfelt video praying for them.
In one of the regions of El Salvador most battered in a bloody war funded by American dollars, four Catholic women from the U.S. were hailed as examples of solidarity, of Christian faith and martyrdom, as Salvadorans remembered them Dec. 2, the 40th anniversary of their assassination.
In the remote rural swathe known as the Wild West of Honduras, said to be a bandits’ hideout where it is “easy to get in, tough to get out,” the Church finds itself once again at the forefront of a movement for justice.
Global Christianity, Catholicism very much included, experienced two traumas over the last decade that are both global in scope and historic in their consequences.
“In the joyous climate of Christmas, the memory of the first Christ killed for the faith could appear out of place,” Pope Francis said. “However, precisely in the perspective of the faith, today’s celebration is in harmony with the true meaning of Christmas.”
With the release of a film biography of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, the conscientious objector who was martyred by the Nazis, Orbis Books is reissuing its 10-year-old collection of the Austrian farmer’s letters and other writings from prison.
Christian Brother James Miller taught students and served as a vice principal at the La Sallian Christian Brothers school in this impoverished pocket of rural Guatemala. He also helped oversee a boarding home for male students from the surrounding indigenous communities.