- Feb 23, 2020
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced Tuesday that its capital campaign, one of the goals of which is the construction of a shrine for Blessed Stanley Rother, had surpassed its original $65 million goal.
The beatification of 19 martyrs of Algeria, including the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, will be celebrated Dec. 8 in Oran, Algeria, the country’s bishops announced.
On Saturday, parishes across Oklahoma will celebrate the first feast day of the first U.S. born martyr, Blessed Stanley Rother, marking the 37 anniversary of his death.
After the bodies of 20 Coptic Christians killed by the Islamic State in Libya were returned to Egypt, the head of the Coptic church in Great Britain said their deaths “provided an opportunity for a deep and genuine unity among the Christian church worldwide.”
March 24 and 25, 2018, bring special observances of contemporary martyrs and of the suffering churches of the Middle East in Italy, France and Germany.
Trappist Father Christian-Marie de Cherge, one of seven monks slain by Islamic terrorists in Algeria in 1996, left a letter that anticipated he would be assassinated.