Martyrs

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

Is Pope Francis Following St. Romero’s Strategy of Silence?

COMMENTARY: Like the new Latin-American saint, the Holy Father has chosen not to respond directly to harsh criticism. Father Raymond J. de Souza, Oct. 19, 2018 Is Pope Francis taking a page from the St. Óscar Romero book — diary, to be specific — in how he handles the accusations made... read more

Poland: Archbishop Budzik Recalls Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko

Martyred on October 19, 1984 Commemorating the martyrdom of Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko, on October 19th, we also remember the martyrdom of priests who gave their lives for faith in the times of totalitarianism in the 20th century. Archbishop Stanisław Budzik recalled how, while he was the... read more

Two Million Celebrate Uganda Martyrs Killed for Spurning Sodomite King

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., 6 Jun 2018 Over two million African pilgrims streamed into Namugongo, Uganda, on Sunday to commemorate the 45 Ugandan Christian martyrs executed for resisting the homosexual advances of King Mwanga II in the late nineteenth century. On June 3, 1886, King Mwanga... read more

Peace for Korea?

Hope and Prayers for our Brothers and Sisters in Peril by: John Stonestreet &  Stan Guthrie, Breakpoint, May 1, 2018 For the first time in history, the leader of communist North Korea set foot in South Korea, purportedly to negotiate peace. Here’s how Christians can respond. Last... read more

Good Friday: The Start of a New Beginning

By Fr. John A. Perricone, March 30, 2018 To the sophisticated Romans of the ancient world crucifixions were a hum-drum affair. They were as routine as writing a traffic ticket. For instance, in 71 B.C. seven thousand slaves led by Spartacus revolted. After they were captured, each one was... read more