Category Archives: Modern Martyrs

Pope Francis: “Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself.”

Today, in his fervorino at Mass, Pope Francis again mentioned the Enemy of your soul, the Devil. He talks about the Devil frequently when speaking off the cuff. From the site of Vatican Radio with my emphases and comments: The Pope … Continue reading

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ARMENIA: Islamic rebels demand $250,000 for kidnapped Catholic priest

From Public Radio of Armenia: Rebels demand $250,000 for the kidnapped Armenian Catholic Priest A world wide appeal has been initiated by the Bishop Marayati, Armenian Catholic, of Aleppo for the release of Fr Michael Kayyal who was kidnapped on … Continue reading

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Faithful Chinese Bishops dies – forgave his enemies

From Fides: The death of Mgr. Chen Shizhong: during forced labor he had received the gift of forgiving his enemies Yibin (Agenzia Fides) – On December 16, 2012, His Exc. Mgr. John Chen Shizhong, Bishop of the Diocese of Yibin … Continue reading

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Will 2013 bring some relief for Chinese Catholics?

I regularly think about times when the Church has been persecuted.  Has been? Nay, rather… is being persecuted.  I think it is a good idea to reflect on these matters frequently and even try to get your head around the real … Continue reading

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The cases of two Chinese Bishops. Prayers needed.

From CNA: Vatican lauds ordination of China’s missing bishop Vatican City, Jul 10, 2012 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has praised the approved ordination of a Chinese bishop, who is now missing after announcing his split from the … Continue reading

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Islamic terrorists target and kill more Christians in Nigeria

From AP/ABCNews: 52 Killed in Central Nigeria Raids and Reprisals By AHMED SAKA Associated Press JOS, Nigeria July 8, 2012 (AP) Raids and reprisal attacks have left 52 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have … Continue reading

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Please pray for this dead Chinese bishop

In your charity will you stop and pray for this man? From UCANEWS: Restrictions in place for bishop’s funeral Officials say ‘no’ to honoring status of Changzhi prelate who died last week ucanews.com reporter, Changzhi China May 30, 2012Government officials … Continue reading

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Possible miracle through intercession of a former Nazi camp military chaplain

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! If you don’t pray for miracles, you won’t receive them. From time to time God intervenes in the natural course of things to change that course, not in a way that is contrary to … Continue reading

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INDIA: Priest beaten, threatened with death by Hindus during Holy Week

While we concern ourselves with the monumental question of blessings during Communion (which, yes, it is wrong to do though it is not a matter of maximum weight in our scales of liturgical abuses), this is what is going on … Continue reading

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John Allen’s outstanding talk on the world-wide war on Christians

I have been waiting for the video of the closing “liturgy” of the L.A. Three Days of Darkness … Religious Ed Congress. In looking for it, I found a video of a talk by my friend the nearly ubiquitous John … Continue reading

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NIGERIA: Muslim attack on Catholic church – 4 dead, others wounded

There has been another attack in Nigeria by Muslim suicide bomber on a Catholic church. 4 DEAD. Coming to a neighborhood near you… though it will probably be a different set of activists before these other killers get around to … Continue reading

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“The Church will become small and will have to start afresh …”

Back in 1969 theologian Joseph Ratzinger made some comments about our Catholic future.  They were included in his  Faith and the Future published by Ignatius Press in 2009. The church will become small and will have to start afresh more … Continue reading

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Religious Persecution and Martyrdom

A reader sent me this. It contains comments made by His Eminence Francis Card. George, Archbishop of Chicago. In 2010, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms (in the United States and other … Continue reading

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Appeal to authorities for Chinese New Year: release of three bishops and of six priests who have disappeared

I hope other bloggers will pick this up and share it with their own readers. Perhaps after reading this you could stop for a moment and say a Memorare for the missing priests and bishops as well as for the … Continue reading

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Nigeria: More Christians killed, probably by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram

From CWN: Gunmen kill 4 Nigerian Christians Gunmen on the outskirts of Potiskum, a northeastern Nigerian city of 200,000, have killed four Christians who were fleeing the area in the wake of previous attacks. The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram … Continue reading

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