- Sep 19, 2020
Leading a prayer service in memory of the Christian martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries, Pope Francis also spoke about a woman whose name he doesn’t know, but who “looks down on us from heaven.” He got to know her through her husband, a Muslim refugee who Francis encountered in Greece. The woman, whom the pope described as a martyr, was a Christian beheaded by terrorists after refusing to throw away a cross she was wearing.
We are living in a time of “New Martyrs” where thousands of men and women suffer persecution around the globe because of their Christian faith. Pope Francis’s visit to the Basilica of St. Bartholomew puts a spotlight on the church’s vast collection of relics and memento’s belonging to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Pope Francis is set to visit Rome’s Church of St. Bartholomew on Saturday to shine a spotlight on the Church’s new martyrs. Yesterday, Crux presented a sampling of new martyrs killed ‘in odium amoris,’ or ‘hatred of love’; today, we look at several new martyrs whose deaths seem to meet the classic test of being killed ‘in odium fidei,’ or ‘hatred of the faith.’
Pope Francis will visit the Church of San Bartolomeo on Rome’s Tiber Island on Saturday in order to celebrate the memory of the Church’s contemporary martyrs. Although the total number of Christians killed each year for reasons linked to their faith is staggering, here’s a sampling of some of those who were killed in what St. John Paul II called ‘odium amoris,’ meaning ‘hatred of love.’