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  • On Good Friday, Christians ponder modern-day martyrdom

    ROME — As Christians commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus on Good Friday, attacks on believers in various parts of the world are causing many pastors and other leaders to cast modern martyrdom as an extension of Christ’s agony which, they say, will also end in the resurrection. During

  • Odds and ends from the pope beat

    ROME — In the Pope Francis era, there’s never a dull moment on the Vatican beat, and that was certainly true in early February. Storylines ranging from the pontiff endorsing spanking “with dignity,” to a Vatican document blasting plastic surgery as a “burka of flesh” made global headlines. As a

  • Pope declares Oscar Romero, hero to liberation theology, a martyr

    ROME — Marking an end to one of the most divisive debates in Catholicism in the past 35 years, Pope Francis has officially declared the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a martyr, clearing the way for eventually proclaiming him a saint. A hero to the progressive liberation theology movement in

  • Vatican panel says Oscar Romero was a martyr

    ROME — A panel of Vatican theologians has ruled that Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, the great hero of Latin America’s progressive liberation theology movement who was shot to death while saying Mass in 1980, is a martyr. The finding removes a major hurdle to declaring Romero a saint,

  • Debunking three myths about anti-Christian violence

    ROME — At the end of every December, the Vatican’s missionary agency Fides puts out a list of Catholic pastoral workers killed in the line of duty during the past year. It’s not a complete index of anti-Christian violence, just clergy and laity murdered while working full-time for the Catholic

  • Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

    Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world. “To kill in the name of God is


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