Skip to comments.Statement To Muslims? Pope Francis To Canonize 800 Martyrs Murdered By Ottoman Turks
Posted on 05/12/2013 6:07:40 AM PDT by markomalley
In a move that may annoy some in the Muslim world, Pope Francis plans to canonize 800 Italian laymen who were massacred by Ottoman Turkish soldiers during the historic siege in the southern Italian city of Otranto in 1480.
The canonization service, the very first by the new pope, will be held on May 12 in St Peters Square, reported Britains Catholic Herald newspaper.
The Daily Telegraph reported that this ceremony will set a new record for the highest number of saints canonized at any one time by the Church.
During the week-long siege of Otranto more than five centuries ago, Ottoman soldiers were instructed to murder all men above the age of 15 for refusing their demands to convert to Islam. According to historical accounts, one of the martyrs, Antonio Primaldo, a tailor, declared: We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and for Jesus Christ we are ready to die.
Primaldo was soon beheaded for his troubles. The names of the other martyrs are lost to history.
The Cathedral in Otranto is today adorned with the skulls and other relics of the martyrs.
Pope John Paul II visited Otranto in 1980 to observe the 500th anniversary of the massacre. At that time the Pope praised the citys medieval residents who resisted the Turks threats.
However, the martyrdom of Primaldo and his fellow natives of Otranto were not recognized until 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI who said they were killed out of hatred for the faith.
Benedict also identified a miracle related to the Otranto saga: a nun whose cancer was miraculously healed after she paid a pilgrimage to the martyrs relics in Otranto in 1980.
The siege of Otranto, launched by Sultan Mohammed II of Turkey, was eventually stopped by the forces of the King of Naples. Mohammeds forces, who had already captured Constantinople (present day Istanbul), failed to reach their next intended target, Rome.
Now, in the early 21st century, highlighting the Otranto massacre must be viewed within the context of still fragile ties between the West and Islam.
A conservative Italian senator named Alfredo Mantovano, who wrote about the Otranto siege in 2007, compared it with the present state of relations between Europe and Islam.
All of this [the Otranto massacre] took place because of the indifference of the political leaders of Europe to the Ottoman menace, he wrote, the Telegraph cited.
In Otranto, no one displayed rainbow pacifist flags, nor invoked international resolutions Today Europe is under attack, not by an institutionally organized Muslim phalanx but by a patchwork of non-governmental organizations of fundamentalist Muslims.
Damian Thompson, a columnist for the Telegraph in Britain, pointed out that Pope Francis has had warm relations with Muslims and has sought to reach out to global Islamic communities. He wonders how the mass canonization of Christians who died at the hands of Muslims from more than 500 years ago will affect his campaign to heal the rift between the faiths.
Indeed, upon his election as Holy Father, Francis was widely embraced and congratulated by Muslims on hopes of deeper dialogue between Christendom and Islam.
As a cardinal from Argentina, Francis had even condemned some negative remarks that his predecessor, Benedict, had made about Islam.
In March, during an audience before the Diplomatic Corps in Rome -- which included some Muslim leaders -- Francis said: In this work, the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God.
But the converse is also true: It is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam.
Ain’t nobody calling me down no path when it come to common sense survival. There is no hope for satanic islamists and no sacrifice will sway those that worship the pedophile prophet. Heathen is too good of a title for the evil that would threaten death unto those that will not follow them.
I'm not catholic, but cudos to the Pope for annoying the cultist bastards.
The Catholics were brutally slaughtered by the Moslems.
They deserve to be canonized.
The martyrs were all beheaded for refusing to convert.
Where have I heard this before?
Did that sound harsh? I hope so.
” But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” — Jesus
If you’re a Christian, you have no choice.
It was written in the Quran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet [Mohammed] were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave, and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise . . .LINK
I’m with you all the way.
And I with you!
Stop all immigration of those people.
And, their mosques are chambers of terror plotting
You forget the saying, “the blood of the Christian marytrs is the seeds for new Christians”.
Those martyrs are witnesses for Christ and the the faith. This is why they were declared saints this past weekend.
Yet in the end, the Muslims have simply helped plant the seeds for new Christian believers because those martyrs gave witness to Jesus and the power of the Gospel as proven by the hugh growth of the Christian faith in the global south.
Global south Christian faith is growing bigtime.
The Cathedral there is actually made up of the bones of those 800 martyrs!
Spent a lot of TDY time at Mt Jacotenente (near Vieste) myself during the mid 90s (radar site we had during the Balkans).
You always have a choice. We have a choice to not pay taxes, yet we choose to pay them knowing they go against some values.
Martyrs only serve to reduce the population. The goal is to make the person trying to kill you die, not to die needlessly.
Please see post number 55 and get back to me please. Thank-you!
Better yet, check this out:
Philip Jenkins wrote that article.