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  • The Uganda Martyrs Died Because They Refused to Engage in Sodomy with King Mwanga

    11/28/2015 1:57:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Barnhardt Blog ^ | 11/25/15 | Ann Barnhardt
    The Uganda Martyrs Died Because They Refused to Engage in Sodomy with King Mwanga So Francis/Bergoglio has flown off to Africa and will be visiting Uganda on Friday, I think. There is going to be great talk while he is there of the Uganda Martyrs, and it is widely suspected that since there were 13 Catholics and 11 Anglicans in the company of martyrs, it will all be lyingly cast as a great proof that “this Church is as good as that church” and “the differences don’t matter” blah blah blah.Please spread the TRUE STORY and REAL POINT of the...
  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

    11/18/2015 4:38:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper
    Newsweek ^ | 2/6/12 | AYAAN HIRSI ALI
    We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring's fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway--an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South...
  • Book Review: 'The Global War on Christians,' by John L. Allen Jr.

    11/18/2015 4:30:39 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/19/13 | Philip Jenkins
    On Oct. 31, 2010, a dozen Islamist gunmen stormed the Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, in Baghdad. Striking during a service, they butchered some 60 priests and worshipers, notionally in revenge for insults to Islam. Ghastly as that crime might be in its own right, atrocities of this kind are quite commonplace around the world. Mobs sack churches in Egypt, Nigerian suicide bombers target worshiping congregations, and Eritrea has its hellish concentration camps for Christians. "Christians today," writes John L. Allen Jr., "indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet." So widespread and systematic are the...

    10/13/2015 7:59:03 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 17 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | OCT 13, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    U.S. LEADERSHIP USHERS NEW AGE OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRDOM Twelve Christians are publicly raped, beheaded, and crucified for refusing to renounce Christ in Syria. October 13, 2015 Raymond Ibrahim Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Originally published by the Gatestone Institute. Wherever U.S. leadership has helped Islamic jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of democracy and freedom, indigenous Christian minorities are being forced to convert to Islam or die. Many are accepting death. Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12...
  • Israel Is Going To Be Assisting And Helping Russia In Its War Against ISIS In Syria

    10/10/2015 8:38:03 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 62 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | October 10, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    So how is this going to fair with the idea that Russia is Magog and is to invade Israel (Ezekiel 38) when reality is that Israel is going to be assisting and helping Russia in its crushing of ISIS in Syria? What is coming out of Israel is disproving all these hordes who think that Russia is using Syria as a pretext to eventually invade Israel. According to the Israeli media itself: Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscows military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior...
  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • The Day Christians Were Martyred on American Soil

    10/03/2015 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 2, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Life or death was determined by the answer to a single question: are you a Christian? That was the question asked by an anti-Christian gunman who stormed into a classroom at Oregons Umpqua Community College. Eyewitnesses say the shooter targeted Christians. Kortney Moore was inside the classroom. She told the Roseburg News-Review that the shooter ordered students to get on the ground and then told them to stand up and state their religion.
  • St. Charles Lwanga, martyred by sexually deviant King (6/3)

    06/04/2015 7:31:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 6-3-15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today we might contemplate the various ways in which the State is encroaches in our lives and tries to force us to do things that are repugnant to nature and to Gods laws. Today is the feastday of a saint, who died as a martyrs especially because he resisted a sodomite king, who was furious that he and many children he would kill wouldnt have homosexual sex with him. St. Charles Lwanga and many other martyrs died between 1885 and 1887inUganda. Theywerebeatified in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. In 1879 the White Fathers were working successfully...
  • Introductory post: The Bergoglio-Denzinger on Francis ecumenism of blood

    05/29/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 87 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | May 28, 2015 | Tantumblogo
    Francis recent statement regarding Christian persecution and the devil-inspired ecumenism of blood, was not his first foray into the topic. Id like to introduce you to a significant effort reader D alerted me to, called the Denzinger-Bergoglio, a site by some faithful priests, with approval of their bishop(s), who take some of Pope Francis statements and then compare them to statements of the traditional Magisterium. The site started in Spanish for a Spanish milieu, but some like-minded priests are translating it into English. The priests of course remain anonymous. The site takes its name from the Denzinger compendium of Catholic...
  • Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day

    05/11/2015 6:54:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Divine Office last week we read a remarkable passage on the persecution of the Church. It seems proper to consider a portion of it in times like these; more on that in a moment.Of course in writing of persecution and martyrdom, I write as an American who, though experiencing a lot more scorn these days, does not have to endure grave threat for being a Catholic. But as I consider Catholics and Christians in places like Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Nigeria, the...
  • Muslim Mob Attacks Church Built To Honor Egyptian Christians Beheaded By ISIS

    05/08/2015 4:08:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | May 8,2015 | Pamela Geller
    As the American hegemony continues to recede across the world, the status of non-Muslims in Muslim countries continues to deteriorate. And the West continues to struggle to suppress speech and criticism of the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth.
  • Message of His Holiness Karekin II at the Canonization of the Armenian Martyrs

    04/23/2015 6:53:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Armenian Public Radio ^ | 04-23-2015 | Catholicos Karekin II
    Message of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians On The Occasion of the Canonization of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, April 23, 2015 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God is resting on you. 1 Peter 4:14 Dear and pious faithful brothers and sisters, Under the gaze of biblical Ararat, in this cherished holy shrine of the Christ-built Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, today with unified prayer we offer glory up to our Omnipotent God for all of His...
  • Coptic Bishop on the Islamist Murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    04/21/2015 5:59:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 4/21/15 | John Couretas
    The nation of Ethiopia has declared a state of mourning1 following confirmation that Islamic State terrorists have murdered more Christians in Libya. Numerous statements have been issued by religious leaders, including those from Patriarch Kirill2, Pope Francis3, Archbishop Justin Welby4, in Egypt for a visit of condolence, and al-Azhar5, Egypts top Muslim authority. The following statement6, published here in full, is from by Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom: The confirmation of the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh (IS) in Libya has been received with deep sadness. These executions that unnecessarily and...

    03/29/2015 1:01:26 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    WND ^ | 29 Mar 15 | Staff
    Al-Shabaab, the Somali jihadist group responsible for yesterdays deadly attack on a prominent Mogadishu hotel, has released a graphic new video showing executions of unarmed civilians identified as Christians by the AhlulBayt News Agency at an unnamed location on the Somali coast. Some of victims in the video titled In Remembrance 2, are forced to kneel at the oceans edge before being shot to death from behind. Others are marched out into the sea, with jihadists standing on an elevated sand dune at the beachs edge firing automatic weapons at them in the distance. Water splashes as bullets...
  • ISIS Orders Assyrian Christian Hostages to Convert to Islam, but All Boldly Refuse to Deny Christ

    03/11/2015 7:16:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused. On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of...
  • The Feast of the Forty Martyrs

    03/10/2015 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | March 10, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    The Forty Martyrs were a group of soldiers from the Roman Twelfth Legion, who died for the Faith at Sebaste in Armenia in the year 320. This is seven years after the Edict of Milan and the Peace of the Church under Constantine, whose brother-in-law Licinius at that point ruled in the East, and after a period of tolerance, renewed the persecution of Christians. When the Forty had been called to renounce the Faith and refused, they were sentenced first to various tortures, and then condemned to die a particularly horrible death, stripped naked and left on the ice...
  • Martyred Copts Witnessed Their Faith, and Courage

    02/24/2015 7:28:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015
    The last words out of their mouths were “Lord Jesus Christ.” Samuel Tadros is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and the author of the book Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. He talks with NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed on February 14 in Libya by ISIS and about the future of Christianity in Egypt and the region. Kathryn Jean Lopez: What is the most important thing for Americans to know about what happened to those 21 Coptic Christians a little over a week ago? Samuel...
  • ISIS Will Grow the Church

    02/23/2015 1:25:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 23, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    The mass martyrdoms we are seeing in the Middle East will be followed, as they always are, by a remarkable rise of Christianity that will change the course of history. St. John Paul the prophet said so. The Church has become once again a Church of martyrs, he said, as he looked ahead at the coming of the Third Millennium of Christianity. Then, as the new millennium dawned, he recalled how the blood of the martyrs had built the early Church despite the trials of history. Will this not also be the case of the century and millennium now...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artistTony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.From Vatican Radio: The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Churchs equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the...
  • Coptic Orthodox Pope Canonizes the 21 New Martyrs of Egypt & Libya

    02/21/2015 4:02:24 PM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | Vatican Radio
    The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar. Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Churchs equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church. According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the 21 Christians will be commemorated on the 8th Amshir of the Coptic calendar, or February 15th of the Gregorian calendar. The commemoration falls on the feast day of...
  • Christians Murdered in Libya Whispered Name of Jesus Before Death, Bishop Says

    02/18/2015 6:14:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza echoed Pope Francis by hailing the 21 Coptic Christians killed by ISIS as martyrsThe 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS militants died as martyrs, invoking the name of Jesus, said an Egyptian Catholic bishop. In line with Pope Franciss assertion at morning Mass on February 17, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides news agency that the diabolical video of the Christians massacre, intended to spread terror, was a testament to their martyrdom in the faith. The video of their beheading, released on Sunday, shows that in the moment of...
  • Their blood confesses Christ: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED*

    02/17/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    A screen shot from a video released by Islamic State militants on Feb. 15. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.” Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. “Their blood confesses Christ,” the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” On Sunday, ISIS released a graphic video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on...
  • Pope Francis Denounces ISIS Slaughter: "Their Blood Confesses Christ"

    02/16/2015 7:12:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    This morning, Pope Francis condemned the brutal slaying of 21 Coptic Christians perpetrated by ISIS in Libya over the weekend, proclaiming them martyrs killed out of hatred of their Christian faith.
  • Our Daddy is in Heaven Daughters of Christian Family Slaughtered in Libya

    01/04/2015 10:33:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Ramond Ibrahim
    Coptic Christian family mother, father, and daughter killed in Libya More information about the Coptic Christian family mother, father, and daughter killed in Libya continues to surface. In an interview with the mothers brother, he explained how the murderers broke into the house in the middle of the night. They handcuffed and killed the father. Then they entered the childrens bedroom, three girls. The mother was there, cried out, tried to fight back, and was killed. They took the oldest daughter, Katherine, and fled with her. The girls body was later found in the desert, shot...
  • 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 Popes 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
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 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
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 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) "Its 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 Trne Renvers (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 Sundays 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 chapels altar is the stone of martyrdom,...
  • Christian Indifference to Christian Suffering

    04/18/2013 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 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. (Romereports.com) 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 Martyrs 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 Scalias headgear for todays 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 Holbeins 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...