• Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    • May 6, 2017

    Many of those killed in attacks targeting Christians were simply going about their daily affairs when the bomb went off, or the mob arrived. Some of them professed their faith, or at least did not deny it, before death, while others died without even knowing what was happening to them. Before the Church proclaims them all martyrs, the Church needs time to permit a fuller picture of the candidate to emerge. Waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period before opening a cause for canonization makes it harder to do that.

  • Church without martyrs is church without Jesus, pope says

    Church without martyrs is church without Jesus, pope says

    • Jan 30, 2017

    “A church without martyrs, dare I say, is a church without Jesus,” Pope Francis said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. There are more Christian martyrs today than in the first centuries of the church, but “the mass media doesn’t say so because it isn’t newsworthy,” he added.

  • Town square in France named after priest murdered by ISIS

    Town square in France named after priest murdered by ISIS

    • Jan 29, 2017

    Ermont mayor Hugues Portelli called Father Jacques Hamel “an example of dialogue between the religions and communities in his parish on the outskirts of Rouen and he has joined all those innocent victims of fanaticism in our country and the world.”

  • Pope calls French priest murdered by ISIS loyalists a ‘martyr’

    • Sep 14, 2016

    Pope Francis on Wednesday celebrated a Mass in honor of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest slain in late July while saying Mass by two men who professed loyalty to the Islamic State, referring to the murdered priest as a “martyr” and insisting that killing in the name of God is “satanic.”