Martyrs

Hong Kong Calvary 2021

It is nothing short of scandalous that Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, and other brave men and women are facing such persecution without any public support from the Vatican. By George Weigel, Catholic World Report, April 2, 2021 The news was expected, but that did not make it any less wrenching:... read more

Nigerian bishop kidnapped, Catholics pray for his safety

kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public DomainBishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public DomainCNA Staff, Dec 29, 2020 / 09:05 am MT (CNA).- The bishops of Nigeria have urged... read more

President Trump’s Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

By Donald J. Trump, the White House, Issued on: December 28, 2020 Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty. Before the Magna... read more

The Martyrs of 2020: Disciples continue to witness to Christ

By John Burger, Aletia, December 26, 2020 Persecution of Christians leads to ultimate sacrifice in Nigeria and France.It might not have risen to the level of 2019, when 29 missionaries lost their lives throughout the world, but 2020 certainly had its share of martyrs. Near the beginning of... read more

Pope authorizes 8 decrees regarding candidates to sainthood

With the decrees, Pope Francis has taken 134 persons a step closer to sainthood. By Vatican News staff writer, Vatican, November 24, 2020 Pope Francis has authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127... read more
St. Oscar Romero

Church now faces ‘Sheen dilemma’ in evaluating saints and their halos

By John L. Allen Jr., Crux, Dec 8, 2019 NEW YORK - Now that we know why the scheduled Dec. 21 beatification ceremony for the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been postponed, it raises broader questions about how we evaluate not only potential candidates for sainthood, but those who’ve already... read more

A Simple Way to Pray Always

Advent Meditation By Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan After my liberation many people said to me: Father, in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray.”  It was not as simple as one might think.  The Lord permitted me to experience all my weakness, my physical... read more

St. Thomas More Didn’t Die For This — Did He?

By Shaun Kenney, The Wanderer, August 15, 2019 Our European readers who are attempting to decipher the average Catholic in the United States would do themselves well to watch the film A Man for All Seasons featuring Paul Scofield as St. Thomas More and for good reason. One might posit that... read more

Bastille Day: Blood, Death, and Exterminating the Beautiful

By Laramie Hirsch, OnePeterFive, July 15, 2019 This week’s Bastille Day in Paris featured a man flying around on a brand new flyboard prototype, designed by inventor Franky Zapata. This “future soldier” buzzed through the air above the crowds and underneath a sky clouded in the colors... read more

Priest: What the Church needs today is clergy who’ll face martyrdom gladly

By Fr. Michael P. Orsi June 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid the great scandal that never ends — that, indeed, seems only to get worse and worse — the tendency among many priests is to put on a smiling face, preach about God’s love, and hope they don’t lose too many parishioners to the... read more

Saying farewell to a Catholic heroine

By Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S. December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Last Monday and Tuesday (November 26-27) I joined a great many others from the St. Louis and southwest Illinois areas in giving thanks to God for the life of Mrs. Jamie Schmidt, and paying our last respects to this noble woman... read more

Peace for Korea?