Skip to comments.Pope Francis to Canonise 800 Italians Slain During Historic Siege [by Muslims]
Posted on 04/30/2013 3:02:52 PM PDT by marshmallow
Pope Francis is preparing to canonise an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century. The canonisation service will be on May 12 in St Peters Square and it will be the first carried out by the Pontiff since he was elected in early March.
The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480.
When Otranto residents refused to surrender to the Ottoman army, the soldiers were ordered to massacre all males over the age of 15. Many were ordered to convert to Islam or die, but Blessed Antonio Primaldo, a tailor, spoke on the prisoners behalf. We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and for Jesus Christ we are ready to die, he said, according to Blessed John Paul II, who visited Otranto in 1980 for the 500th anniversary of the martyrs deaths.
Primaldo inspired all the other townspeople to take courage, the late Pope said, and to say: We will all die for Jesus Christ; we willingly die so as to not renounce his holy faith. They were not deluded or outdated, Blessed John Paul continued, but authentic, strong, decisive, consistent men who loved their city, their families and their faith.
The skulls and other relics of the martyrs currently adorn the walls around the altar of Otranto Cathedral as a memorial to their sacrifice. According to the archdioceses website, popular tradition holds that when the soldiers beheaded Primaldo, his body remained standing even as the combatants tried to push him over. Legend has it that the decapitated man stood until the very last prisoner was killed, at which point Primaldos body collapsed next to his dead comrades
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Perhaps the greater tragedy is the number of Muslims who have been deluded by this cult and have died without being reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
That's a good point. What breaks my heart are all the children who were abused, killed because of it.
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