- Aug 9, 2020
etr Jasek is a Czech national and aid worker who was imprisoned in Sudan for over a year. Jasek, who works for Voice of the Martyrs, had been sentenced to life in prison for allegedly spying and working for an NGO without a permit. He was released in 2017.
This past week the Catholic Church in South Carolina suffered the loss of one of its younger priests, Father Marcin Zahuta, 42, who sacrificed the opportunity of playing professional soccer in Poland to enter the seminary and come to the United States as a missionary.
Catholic priests known as Redemptorists have spent five years expanding outreach to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta.
Speaking to some 60,000 members of Thailand’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis on Thursday called them to be missionary disciples, explaining that being a “mercenary of the faith” does not compel others to convert.
“To be a missionary is not something easy. Culture, food, everything is different,” Sister Mary Mushi, one of three Tanzanians of the Holy Spirit Sisters serving in Key West, told Crux.
Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.