- Jul 14, 2020
ROME – Speaking on the feast day of St. Stephen, acknowledged as Christianity’s first martyr, Pope Francis entrusted contemporary Christian victims of religious persecution, of whom he said “there are so many,” to the care of Mary, mother of Jesus. “May the Virgin Mary, to whom we entrust all those
KAMPALA, Uganda — Pope Francis celebrated the memory of a group of 19th-century Ugandan martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, in an outing Saturday that might have been a natural opportunity to wade into contemporary African debates over gay rights and the criminalization of homosexuality. The pontiff didn’t do that, however,
“He was defamed, slandered, his memory despoiled, and his martyrdom was continued, even by his own brothers in the priesthood and the episcopacy,” Francis said of Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered in El Salvador as he was saying Mass.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – When a Polish priest named Jerzy Popiełuszko was beatified in 2010, he became the leading symbol of an entire people’s suffering, in his case Poles living under Soviet domination. A similar role is played in Sicily by the Rev. Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, killed by the Mob in
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – If you’ve ever wondered what happens while being held prisoner for three days by one of the world’s last remaining Marxist guerrilla movements, Bishop Héctor Julio López Hurtado of Colombia has a somewhat surprising answer: A remarkable amount of time can be devoted to dinner. López, now
El Salvador’s late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero will be beatified Saturday as a martyr of the Catholic Church. Aside from the importance of Romero’s personal story, the wider significance is a broadened Catholic concept of what counts as a martyr. Romero was killed in 1980 during a period of social