• In search of a patron saint for Colombia’s martyred Church

    • May 29, 2015

    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

  • Colombia is a factory for Catholicism’s new brand of martyrs

    • May 28, 2015

    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

  • Romero symbolizes a new concept of martyrdom

    • May 23, 2015

    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