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  • Islamic State beheads 4 Christian kids for not converting to Islam

    12/13/2014 8:43:03 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Four Christian children in Iraq were beheaded by Islamic State terrorists after refusing to recite the Muslim declaration of faith. ... It's always impressive when when someone chooses to keep faith with his or her beliefs rather than submit. But the notion that children would have that kind of courage is humbling. It makes you ask yourself: would I be as strong in my faith as a 15-year-old boy facing a horrible death? Christian martyrs are supposed to inspire us. These children's deaths go beyond inspiration and motivate us to examine the strength of our faith when placed against their...
  • Pakistan Mob Kills Christian Couple Over 'Blasphemy'

    11/04/2014 9:03:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/04/2014 | BBC News
    A Christian couple in Pakistan have been beaten to death by an angry crowd after being accused of desecrating a Koran, police say. Their bodies were burned at the brick kiln where they worked in the town of Kot Radha Kishan in Punjab province. Police identified the victims only as Shama and Shehzad, AFP reports. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue and critics argue the laws are often misused to settle personal scores and that minorities are unfairly targeted. "Yesterday an incident of desecration of the holy Koran took place in the area and today the mob first beat the...
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam

    09/02/2014 8:49:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    ANIT ^ | 09/02/2014
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children. Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun. According to reports from a witness, the martyr - as the Patriarchate calls him - was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He...
  • The Pope’s Jest

    06/22/2014 3:30:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 20, 2014 | RICHARD BECKER
    Humour can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle. ~ G.K. Chesterton On the 9th of December, 1886, Pope Leo XIII goofed. Or maybe not.It was an auspicious month for the Catholic Church in Britain. The Holy Father had already approved the beatification of 54 English martyrs (including Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher) on December 4th, and then five days later he introduced the cause of an additional 261 martyrs, declaring them all Venerable. Prominent among the latter was Fr. William Harcourt, the underground Jesuit superior of London who, along with four...
  • Muslim Gunmen Attack Church in CAR

    05/29/2014 12:14:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Voice of America ^ | May 28, 2014
    Muslim rebels have killed at least 11 people seeking refuge in a church in the capital of Central African Republic. Witnesses to the attack Wednesday in Bangui say as many as 30 were killed. They say Muslim gunmen threw grenades and fired bullets into the church compound. It was the worst attack blamed on Muslims since their Seleka rebel group was ousted from power in January. Chaos and violence has run rampant in CAR since Seleka rebels seized power last year. They began looting and killing Christians, who formed a militia that launched reprisals against Muslim civilians. Thousands of Muslims...
  • Analysis: Obama Tests 2014 Version Of Trayvon Martin

    05/03/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 5/2/2014 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is testing a much-needed replacement for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose media-magnified death helped spike African-American turnout in the 2012 election. The new campaign-trail martyr is Clayton Lockett, an African-American who kidnapped four people, including a 18 year-old woman whom he raped and then killed after she watched her grave being dug for 20 minutes. Obama has the same motive as he did 2012 — boosting turnout of his most important bloc.
  • The Real Presence: The Next Century [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/28/2014 8:40:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 1999 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    The Next Centuryby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.During the last 100 years, the Catholic Church has suffered immensely. Whole nations have been paganized on a scale never before known in Christian history. The reason is obvious. The sworn enemies of Christ have exhausted themselves in their militant opposition to the Catholic Church.The 19th century was only a preparation for the widespread dechristianizing of one country after another. Among the victims of this paganizing effort are millions of American Catholics. The Church has suffered greater loss of believing Catholics in the United States since 1900 than ever before in our...
  • Christians' throats slit in pagan slaughterhouse (Video reveals systematic execution of victims)

    03/17/2014 5:37:19 PM PDT · by Errant · 35 replies
    WND ^ | 17 March 2014 | Bob Unruh
    After exposing videos of “ritual human sacrifices” of Christians by Muslims, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization member-turned-Christian has discovered a new set of shocking videos that show human slaughterhouses in which non-Muslims are executed. The videos, posted by Walid Shoebat, and his son, Theodore Shoebat, are horrific, showing heads neatly lined up against a wall and bodies suspended by their feet in a room. Also shown is the testimony of a witness who was threatened with being “sacrificed.” “I have never seen something like this,” Shoebat told WND. “I have been investigating this story for the past two weeks. The...
  • Pope's Mass: There are more martyrs today than in the times of Early Christians

    03/04/2014 9:47:27 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    POPE FRANCIS "In the Nazi and Comunist prisons there were a lot of Christians. For being Christians! Even today. 'But, Father, today we have more culture and things like that don't happen.' They still happen! I tell you: today there are more martyrs than in the times of the Early Christians.” Pope Francis added that being Christian simply means following Christ, and that is far from any worldly success. EXCERPT OF THE POPE'S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio) "It’s as if Jesus said, ”Yes, you have left everything and you will receive here on earth many things: but with persecutions!” Like...
  • Handover of Terrorist Bodies Begins

    01/19/2014 3:06:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/14
    Israel began, Sunday, to transfer bodies of Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorists killed by Israeli forces to their families in the PA for reburial, according to sources on both sides, cited by Agence France Presse. said. Fatma Abdallah, media coordinator for the "Palestinian national committee to return the bodies of martyrs", said that one of the bodies was that of Majdi Khanfar, originally from Silat Az-Zaher near Jenin, via a crossing in northern Samaria, who was killed 12 years ago in a shootout that took the life of Border Police First Sergeant Konstantin Danilov. Abdallah told AFP another two bodies out...
  • World Turns Away as Rebel Massacres of Syrian Christians Intensify

    12/21/2013 4:22:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/20/2013 | Alex Newman
    The world media is increasingly losing interest in the foreign-fueled war still raging in Syria between the Assad regime and an assortment of Islamist rebel groups backed by the Obama administration, Sunni Arab dictators, and European powers. For embattled Syrian Christians, though — most of whom tried to stay out of the conflict — reports suggest the situation is deteriorating quickly, with over 1,200 documented murders so far, and almost 500,000 forced to flee their homes to escape the escalating violence and ruthless persecution. The real numbers are probably even worse. Experts say the end goal of many jihadist rebel...
  • Prayer and Martyrdom are Mightier than the Sword

    09/23/2013 2:54:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 22, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Mourners carry the coffins of three men into a church for their funeral in Damascus, Syria, Sept. 10. The Christian men were killed during a raid by opposition fighters on Maloula village northeast of Damascus. (CNS photo/Khaled al-Hariri, Reuters) I recently asked an anonymous, young, Syrian Christian studying in America what he thought the best solution for Syria was. “The foreign fighters are bad, but so is Assad,” he said, “Nevertheless, there is hope among the youth that somehow political change will be better than what we have had in the past.” Yet he could not articulate what that...
  • Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

    07/25/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | July 25, 2013 | Bruce S. Thornton
    We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. ... In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new “Great Persecution,” to use...
  • July 17 – Martyred in the Name of Equality (Ecumenical)

    07/17/2013 11:45:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies
    Nobility ^ | n/a | n/a
    Guillotined at the Place du Trône Renversé (now called Place de la Nation), Paris, 17 July, 1794. They are the first sufferers under the French Revolution on whom the Holy See has passed judgment, and were solemnly beatified 27 May, 1906. Before their execution they knelt and chanted the “Veni Creator”, as at a profession, after which they all renewed aloud their baptismal and religious vows. The novice was executed first and the prioress last. Absolute silence prevailed the whole time that the executions were proceeding. The heads and bodies of the martyrs were interred in a deep sand-pit about...
  • Fortnight for Freedom 2013 (June 21 to July 4)

    06/19/2013 6:22:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Patheos ^ | May 15, 2013
    Fortnight for Freedom 2013 is around the corner!The Fortnight, which begins June 21 and ends July 4 is a call for both prayer and activity on behalf of our first American Freedom — Freedom of Religion.From the USCCB website: The Fortnight for Freedom, which we celebrated for the first time last year, takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Last year, we saw a great diversity of events promoting religious freedom across the country. In 2013, we face many challenges to religious liberty, including the August...
  • Vatican recognizes 95 new martyrs of Spanish Civil War

    06/05/2013 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 26 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | June 04, 2013
    The Vatican has proclaimed 95 more martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. On June 3, with the approval of Pope Francis, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued four separate decrees, recognizing the martyrdom of: Mauro Abel Angelo Palazuelos Maruri and 17 Benedictine companions, who were killed in 1936;Joan of Jesus Vilaregut Ferre and 3 companions, Discalced Carmelites, who were killed along with Father Paul Segala Sole in 1936;Crisanto Casimiro Gonzalez Garcia, Aquilino Baldomer Baro Riera, and Cipriano Jose Julian Iglesias Banuelos; who were killed along with 63 Marist companioins and 2 laymen between 1946 and 1939; andAurelia Clementina...
  • Islamic Forced Conversions - Past and Present

    05/16/2013 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Raymond Ibrahim, a scholar of Islam and Islamic history who has a particular focus on Muslim persecution of Christians, has on his website - for which I also write - a new article, Islamic Forced Conversions — Past and Present, highlighting the astonishing similarities of past atrocities, which many people in the West believe to have been consigned to distant history (belief largely due to the mainstream media's "carpet non-coverage" and total neglect of these everyday slaughters, massacres, beheadings, torture and discrimination), to current ones. His piece was inspired by last Sunday’s canonization by Pope Francis I of the 813...
  • Pope Francis Set to Canonize 800 Christians Slaughtered By Muslims in Otranto

    05/02/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 2, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Otranto Cathedral was consecrated in 1088. In August 1480, clergy and survivors of the Ottoman siege of Otranto took refuge in the cathedral – the Ottoman force eventually broke in and killed those inside, turning the church into a stable or a mosque and destroying its 13th century frescoes. After Otranto was retaken in 1481 by a force under Alfonso V of Aragon it was turned back into a church and heavily rebuilt to house the relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who had been executed after the 1480 siege. Behind the chapel’s altar is the ‘stone of martyrdom’,...
  • Christian Indifference to Christian Suffering

    04/18/2013 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies ^ | Arpil 12, 2013 | Michael Finch
    Christians are being persecuted all over the world. Churches are being burned and destroyed, girls are being raped and ancient Christian communities reaching back 2,000 years are being obliterated. And the world yawns. Most shockingly, many Christians in the West, worse than yawning, look away and in some cases embrace the perpetrators and blame our allies. This begs the obvious question: Why do so many Christians in America and Europe seem to not care about what is happening around the world to their fellow disciples of Jesus? Why are we looking the other way while the brutal murder, persecution, rape...
  • Pope Francis to visit Rome's basilicas before Pentecost (canonize artist who refused Islam)

    04/03/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 3, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    ope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as well as holding four public Masses in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy See’s press office released on April 3 the places and times the pontiff will be presiding over the seven public Masses that will be held between now and May 19. After he was elected Pope in 2005, Benedict XVI ordained priests...
  • Pope recognises martyrs who died at the hands of communist and fascist regimes

    03/29/2013 7:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 28, 2013 | FRANCIS X ROCCA
    <p>An Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp and two victims of Soviet-bloc regimes during the Cold War were among those recognised as martyrs by Pope Francis.</p> <p>Pope Francis likewise recognised the martyrdom of Romanian Father Vladimir Ghika and Hungarian Salesian Brother Stephen Sandor, who were killed by their country’s communist regimes, in 1954 and 1953, respectively. The decrees prepare the way for the martyrs’ beatification, probably later this year.</p>
  • Catholic nurse executed by Nazis remembered in Rome

    03/07/2013 3:24:42 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 7, 2013
    Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Blessed Maria Restituta, a Catholic nurse who was decapitated by the Nazis in March of 1943, was remembered for her courageous martyrdom during a recent Mass in Rome. Cardinal Christoph Shonborn recalled the 70th anniversary of Blessed Maria’s death during a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word on March 6. The Mass was held at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, which was dedicated by Pope John Paul II to the memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. During the Mass, members of Blessed Maria’s religious...
  • Pope will announce on Monday date for canonization for over 800 saints

    02/09/2013 1:44:37 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | February 9, 2013
    February 9, 2013. ( Benedict XVI will announce on Monday the date for the canonization of over 800 new saints for the Catholic Church, during a consistory with cardinals. Among the soon to be saints are Mother Laura, the first Colombian saint, and Mother Lupita, the second female Mexican saint.    Mother Lupita co-founded the religious congregation of the Handmaids of Saint Margaret Mary and of the Poor in Jalisco, Mexico. Mother Laura Montoya founded the Missionaries of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena to help local indigenous people.  The rest of the large group are the 813...
  • (Justice) Scalia Wears Martyr’s Cap to Inauguration

    01/22/2013 2:02:25 PM PST · by NYer · 97 replies
    First Things ^ | January 21, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond School of Law writes:The twitterverse is alive with tweets about Justice Scalia’s headgear for today’s inauguration. At the risk of putting all the fun speculation to an end . . . The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.Wearing the cap of a statesman who defended liberty...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WEXFORD, 01-19-13

    01/19/2013 10:52:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 01-19-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):WEXFORD Shrine of Our Lady's Isle offshore, in the southeastern Ireland. Known as the Church of the Bright Plain since the seventh century, it was the place of a planned massacre by Oliver Cromwell in Reformation times, where many of the faithful were killed while attending High Mass. The shrine was destroyed except for a small statue of Our Lady. A church was rebuilt on the mainland, but the original site remains in ruins, although it has been visited by thousands. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • The five-year-old terrorists:

    11/30/2012 7:47:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/ 2012 | Sam Webb
    The five-year-old terrorists: Youngsters trained to kill with pistols and assault rifles in shocking pictures from al Qaeda's heartland Children trained to use deadly arms by militants on Pakistan border Many are orphaned sons of al Qaeda 'martyrs' Terror camps in Syria and Somalia also claim to be training boy soldiers By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 14:19 EST, 18 November 2012 | UPDATED: 14:19 EST, 18 November 2012 These terrifying pictures show children as young as five being trained to kill with pistols and deadly AK-47 assault rifles. They were taken from footage of an al Qaeda terror camp in north...
  • The Silence of the Pulpits

    08/19/2012 4:14:38 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    Americanthinker ^ | 19AUG12 | Bill Warner
    If you are even slightly awake about the world news today, it is no surprise that Christians are being killed, raped, and brutalized throughout the Islamic world. However, there is a place where you can go to escape the dreadful and relentless details of Christian annihilation by Islam. You can just go to church. For example, Christians were killed this week in Nigeria. Nothing out of the ordinary -- indeed, in the world of Christian persecution, this is routine. And so the response found in nearly every church to the murder of Christians is...wait for it...complete silence. Not a mention...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GRIDIRON, 08-01-12

    08/01/2012 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GRIDIRON Symbol of St. Lawrence the deacon. Martyred in A.D. 258 by being roasted alive on a gridiron. By the fourth century venerated as one of the famous martyrs of Rome, he included in the Canon of the Mass. St. Vincent (d. 304), a Spanish deacon martyred in the same way, also has the gridiron for his emblem. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • PA Media Says Killed Carjackers were 'Martyrs'

    06/17/2012 10:29:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/12 | Elad Benari
    A report in the Palestinian Authority-based media said that the two PA Arabs who were killed by a Jewish trucker during a robbery attempt on Sunday were “martyrs”. The Arabic report in the PA-based WAFA news agency said, “A funeral of thousands of people in the town of Yatta south of Hebron, took place on Sunday afternoon with the bodies of martyrs Naim Mohammed Najjar (32 years) and Anwar Khalil Abed Rabbo (35 years). The report added, “Speakers denounced the crimes of the settlers under the continued support and protection of the Israeli occupation army, demanding the international community to...
  • PA Glorifies Terrorist 'Martyrs' Whose Bodies Were Returned

    06/04/2012 7:49:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 6/4/12 | Elad Benari
    As was expected, the Palestinian Authority glorified the 91 terrorists whose bodies were returned by Israel, as a gesture by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research organization, which monitors and translates the PA-based media, has translated and presented on its website several incidents in which the PA glorified the dead terrorists. The PA gave the terrorists a military funeral for heroes, with the participation of Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other PA dignitaries. All the returned terrorists, including many suicide bombers who murdered Israeli civilians, were presented as heroic and...
  • Youcef Nadarkhani Executed: Pastor Hanged in Iran for Being Christian (Unconfirmed)

    03/03/2012 1:31:16 PM PST · by soozla · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The "Religion of Peace" strikes again...........
  • Church celebrates 16th century Martyrs of Nagasaki on Feb. 6

    02/06/2012 7:08:14 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 6, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Saint Paul Miki and Companions Denver, Colo., Feb 5, 2012 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 6, the Catholic Church honors the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki, a group of native Japanese Catholics and foreign missionaries who suffered death for their faith in the year 1597.During the 16th century, the Catholic faith reached Japan by the efforts of the Jesuit missionary Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Jesuit outreach to the Japanese continued after his death, and around 200,000 Japanese had entered the Church by 1587.Religious tensions led to a period of persecution during that year, during which many churches were...
  • MK Tibi Praises Arab 'Martyrs'

    01/18/2012 4:03:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | Elad Benari
    MK Ahmed Tibi (Raam-Taal) praised the Palestinian Authority’s “martyrs” at a ceremony held last week on the occasion of "Palestinian Martyrs Day” and sponsored by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The ceremony, which was broadcast on official PA TV, was translated by the Palestinian Media Watch research organization, which presented the translated video on its website. “In the history of the peoples and their battles, the Palestinian shahid (martyr) is the height of glory,” Tibi said. “There is no higher value than death for the sake of Allah. The martyr is the one who breaks through and with his blood draws...
  • On anniversary of cathedral massacre, 42 Iraqis remembered as martyrs

    11/01/2011 6:31:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2011 | Alan Holdren
    Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2011 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first anniversary of the massacre at Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral, the 42 worshipers killed were remembered as martyrs and their intercession was sought on behalf of Iraq’s still besieged Christian community. Three children, two priests and a pregnant woman were among those killed when five Islamic militants linked to the terrorist group al-Qaida scaled an outer wall, entered the church and opened fire on Oct. 31, 2010.Today, in an intimate memorial Mass held at Rome's Santa Maria della Concezione Church, Catholics prayed for the living — the...
  • Three priest-martyrs of Nazis beatified in Germany

    06/25/2011 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 25, 2011
    Three Catholic martyrs executed under the Nazi regime were beatified in Germany today, June 25. The event was also noteworthy for its rememberance of their Lutheran companion.Fathers Hermann Lange, Eduard Müller and Johannes Prassek, along with Lutheran pastor Karl Friedrich Stellbrink, were guillotined in a Hamburg prison in November 1943. The Nazi regime found them guilty of “defeatism, malice, favoring the enemy and listening to enemy broadcasts.” At a ceremony in the northern German city of Lubeck, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, declared the trio of Catholic clergy to be ‘blessed.’ He...
  • Countercultural Witnesses: The Uganda Martyrs, St. Charles Lwanga and his companions

    06/03/2011 9:18:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | June 2011 | Bob French
    Countercultural Witnesses The Uganda Martyrs By: Bob French In his living room wall, Matthew Segaali has a painting of twenty-two young men and boys in Ugandan tribal dress. Some of them are standing in front of a backdrop of upraised spears; the rest, in front of flames as tall as they are.While it appears that they are about to be put to death, the expressions on their faces are of peace, trust, and even joy. One of them is holding a palm branch; others have their hands folded in prayer; and others are clasping a cross or a rosary.They...
  • Map of Where the Apostles Died

    05/19/2011 11:20:30 PM PDT · by pka54 · 65 replies
    Geographic Travels ^ | 5-17-2011 | catholicgauze
    A simple map I made showing where the apostles died and how they died.
  • Blessed José Anacleto González Flores and Companions (Feast Day: April 1) (Catholic Caucus)

    04/01/2011 11:13:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies
    Vatican ^ | 2005 | n/a
    Anacleto González Flores was born on 13 July 1888 in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico. He was greatly involved in social and religious activities and was an enthusiastic member of the Catholic Association of Young Mexicans (ACJM). He taught classes in catechism, was dedicated to works of charity and wrote articles and books with a Christian spirit. In 1922 he married María Concepción Guerrero and they had two children. By 1926, the situation in Mexico had worsened and Anacleto, who up until this time had advocated passive, non-violent resistance, joined the cause of the National League for the Defence of Religious Freedom...
  • Women, Christians Targeted in Growing Egyptian Violence

    03/10/2011 1:09:03 PM PST · by Christus_Rex · 7 replies
    IPT News ^ | Mar 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Coptic Christians say they are the target of the worst wave of violence to engulf Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office Feb. 11. Thirteen people were killed in street battles that erupted in Cairo Tuesday and Wednesday after Copts (who comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million people) blocked streets to protest the destruction of a church. While some reports say as many as five of the dead were Muslims, Copts maintain that all 13 were Christians. The Copts have long complained of pervasive discrimination at the hands of Egypt's Muslim majority. Reports say the church...
  • One-Legged Afghan Red Cross Worker Set to Be Hanged After Converting to Christianity

    02/07/2011 12:09:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees. He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan. He claims he was visited by a...
  • ASIA/INDIA - Protestant pastor killed in Orissa “because he was a man of reconciliation”

    01/19/2011 5:48:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Fides ^ | 1/17/11
    Bhubaneswar (Agenzia Fides) – “This was murder. My brother had blood oozing out of his mouth, hands and legs tied in an unnatural way and his clothes were torn,” Fides was told by Dushashan Pradhan, brother to Pentecostal Christian Pastor Saul Pradhan, 45 years old, found dead on 11 January in the village of Pakala, in Kandhamal district, Orissa, theatre for the anti-Christian massacres of 2008. The Pastor was found dead in circumstances which still need to be ascertained, but the police called to investigate the case said that it would be “an accidental death due to freezing.” The official...
  • A Meditation On the “Bloody Octave” of Christmas [Catholic Caucus]

    12/30/2010 4:54:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 62+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 29, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation On the “Bloody Octave” of ChristmasBy: Msgr. Charles Pope We are in the midst of the Christmas Octave and we might sentimentally think that its features would be delightful pleasant, Gospels of joy and promise. And yet it is an Octave filled with blood as we shall see.What is an Octave? But first, there may be some of you who wonder what is meant by and “Octave.” An Octave is a period of eight days wherein a feast of the Church is celebrated for that whole period as though it were all the same day. In the...
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas)

    12/27/2010 8:43:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 2+ views ^ | not given |
    Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas)   In the second chapter of the Book of Matthew is recorded the story of the Massacre of the Holy Innocents, an event which recalls the Pharaoh's instructions to midwives during the time Israel was enslaved in Egypt: Exodus 1:15-16, 22: And the king of Egypt spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews: of whom one was called Sephora, the other Phua, Commanding them: When you shall do the office of midwives to the Hebrew women, and the time of delivery is come: if it be a man child, kill it: if a woman, keep...
  • Baghdad cathedral: priests were killed during Mass, confession; 3-year-old murdered

    11/16/2010 2:32:03 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 16, 2010 | Diogenes
    Cardinal Francis George, speaking at the fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told those assembled that the two priests slain in the Syrian Catholic cathedral on October 31 were killed while offering Mass and hearing confessions. “Our brothers in the priesthood, Father Thaer Saad and Father Boutros Wassim, were slain as one celebrated Mass and the other heard confessions,” Cardinal George said. “Father Thaer prayed and asked a terrorist to spare the lives of his parishioners before he died. Father Raphael [a third priest] moved parishioners to a safer location in the Church and was grievously...
  • Baghdad church hostage drama ends in bloodbath

    10/31/2010 5:28:33 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 73 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | November 1st 2010 | Jim Muir
    At least 37 people have been killed after Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church in central Baghdad to free dozens of hostages being held by gunmen there, security sources say. Twenty-five hostages were among the dead, along with seven members of the Iraqi security forces and at least five of the attackers, they told the BBC. About 100 people had been inside Our Lady of Salvation for an evening Mass. The gunmen had reportedly demanded the release of jailed al-Qaeda militants. Continue reading the main story Struggle for IraqEnd to Iraq's epic journey in sight? US troops in Iraq...
  • [Catholicism] A Faith Worth Dying For

    09/28/2010 10:04:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | September 28th, 2010 | Ron Quinlan
    A Faith Worth Dying For September 28th, 2010 by Ron Quinlan How many former Catholics or lukewarm Catholics do you know?  Most likely, you know too many.  How many do you know who are willing to suffer for the Faith?  Do you know any?  We live in a generation to whom the Catholic Faith isn’t all that important, but the reality is that we have a faith worth dying for.  Over the history of the Church it is likely that millions sacrificed their lives rather than give up their faith.It started at the time of the Apostles.   Almost everyone remembers...
  • PA Still Educates for Martyrs, Armed Struggle for all of Israel

    08/29/2010 9:52:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 8/29/10 | Elad Benari
    As direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are set to resume in Washington on Thursday, Arutz 7 spoke on Sunday with investigative journalist David Bedein about his film "For the Sake of Nakba". The film, which details the connection between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and PA incitement, will be shown on Monday on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and other senior American officials. The film presents interviews with senior PA officials, school principals, as well as students and teachers who say that their goal is the lands of Israeli cities such as...
  • Druze Minority in Israel

    08/08/2010 12:01:53 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 5 replies
    Druze Loyalty to Israel by Ari Bussel Why do I care so much about Israel? Why write constantly about different aspects of the Jewish State, a modern country in its 63rd year of existence, a country with a 3,000-year history? When I “schlep” our readers on a constant journey, a guided adventure to the Holy Land, and to less-than-holy places here, I often wonder: Why? For me it is obvious: Without Israel, Jewish people could not safely exist, not in Beverly Hills, not in London, Hamburg, Paris or Antwerp. Without Israel, no Jew will be safe in America or South...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Our Times: The Age of Martyrs

    07/30/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    The Real Presence Association ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon
    To continue living a Christ-like life in this kind of environment is to practice the martyrdom of witness. Why witness? Because it means giving testimony to our deep religious convictions although all around us others are giving their own example to the contrary. It means giving witness twice over: once on our own behalf as the outward expression of what we internally believe and once again on behalf of others whose conduct is not only different from ours but contradicts it. Wherein lies the martyrdom? It lies in the deprivation of good example to us on the part of our...