Category Archives: Modern Martyrs

“Katonda!” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr. A patron saint for LGBT

“Katonda!” This year, using the Traditional Missale Romanum, we celebrate today the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.  The decree Cum sanctissima allows for the celebration of Saints canonized after 1962 provided that the day is not some feast that would … Read More

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What would they think about what’s going on in the Church?

As I look news items about this or that prelate doing whatever, bishops crushing people’s hearts by closing down traditional worship even as nutty stuff is not only tolerated but fostered, unheard of doctrinal propositions, priests and even bishops cancelled, … Read More

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ROME 23/10 – Day 17: #freejimmylai

The sun rose in Rome at 07:22.  It is a truly beautiful October day, classic.  The sun will set at 18:28.  The Ave Maria bells in better times would ring forth at 18:45. Welcome registrants: ThomasT20 Hoyt1940 Richard the Lionhearted … Read More

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“In the face of such barbs, how can I convince my Protestant and non-Christian allies that our Catholic teachings are not hypocrisy?”

There is an important article at the National Catholic Register written by a Chinese priest under a pseudonym. The plight of Catholics and the complicity – both active and passive – on the part of Rome are palpable. […] And … Read More

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26 July: Fr. Jacques Hamel, martyred 7 years ago in France

Interrupted while saying Mass at his parish church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, the 85-year old priest struggled to repel his two 18-year old attackers with his feet. “Go away Satan!”, he repeated. Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered, in odium fidei, a martyr to … Read More

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Nicaraguan Bishop chooses to stay in jail rather than compromise – “CARDINALE SUBITO!”

Reuters: July 5 (Reuters) – Nicaraguan Catholic Bishop Rolando Alvarez was returned to prison on Wednesday after negotiations between the government and church representatives broke down over the terms of his possible release, according to local news outlet Confidencial. Citing … Read More

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25 July 2023 – Card. Burke – Pontifical Mass for China in honor of Our Lady of SheShan

On Tuesday, 25 July, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will celebrate a Pontifical Mass in honor of Our Lady of SheShan and to pray for China. The Mass will be celebrated at 6PM at the Basilica of St. John … Read More

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“I’ll see your ‘Wakanda!’ and raise you a ‘KATONDA!'” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr – A saint we can all take pride in!

“Katonda!” This year today is in the Vetus Ordo calendar Ember Friday in the Octave of Penance.  However, it is also the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.    That said, because of the decree Cum sanctissima we can now celebrate St. … Read More

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New online course on “St. Edith Stein as Modern Witness”

The great folks at The Catholic Thing have been holding online courses.  For example, there were courses with Robert Royal on Dante’s Divine Comedy, on Augustine’s City of God and on Thomas More’s Utopia. They are now going to have … Read More

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10 February – José de Jesús Sánchez del Río, Martyr: “Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon.”

Today is the Feast of José Sánchez del Río. I would very much like a relic of this wonderful saint.  Anyone? I suspect many people, perhaps even among the readers here, have convinced themselves that the persecution of the Church … Read More

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26 July: Fr. Jacques Hamel, martyred 6 years ago in France

Today is the 6th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France. And there is this… HERE. Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us. St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us. St. Pius V, pray for us. Martyrs … Read More

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“Terror is nothing more than speedy, severe and inflexible justice; it is thus an emanation of virtue.”

Happy Feast of Blessed Teresa of St. Augustine and Companions, the Martyrs of Compiègne.  Carmelites. In 1794, the Place de la Nation on the east side of Paris was called the Place du Trône-Renversé… Toppled Throne Square. In 1792 a … Read More

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NEW BOOK on St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher!

How does the phrase go from… is it Kipling?… if you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…. Something like that.  It describes rather aptly these days how tradition-oriented Catholics  are … Read More

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29 July 1941 – An “offering of life”

On 29 July 1941 ten prisoners from an block at Auschwitz were chosen to be starved to death because a prisoner from that same block had escaped. Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan who founded the Militia Immaculatae, offered his life, … Read More

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Five years ago today.

Interrupted while saying Mass at his parish church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, the 85-year old priest struggled to repel his two 18-year old attackers with his feet. “Go away Satan!”, he repeated. Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered, in odium fidei, a martyr … Read More

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6 July: St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

Today is the Feast of St. Maria Goretti, who died defending her virginity and also in the attempt to prevent her killer from committing a terrible sin. The story of her appearance to him, Alessandro Serenelli, in prison, and his … Read More

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22 June (Novus Ordo): St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More

In the Church’s traditional calendar St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More have their  feasts on 9 July.  More was martyred on 6 July and Fisher on 22 June.  In the Novus Ordo calendar they are celebrated today, together. Pope … Read More

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“Katonda!” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr. Best patron saint for LGBT month!

“Katonda!”   This year today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, but in 2022 I will with real pleasure be able to celebrate, using the Traditional Missale Romanum, the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.  The decree Cum sanctissima allows for the … Read More

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PARIS: Attack on a procession honoring Catholics martyred by the Commune

In Paris a couple of days ago there was a procession to honor the Catholic martyrs of the Commune, who were slain 150 years ago on 26 May 1871. Among those killed was the Archbishop of Paris Georges Darboy. The … Read More

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Makes you think, doesn’t it.

Makes you think, doesn’t it. Look around at what is going on. February 1st is the feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Angers, commemorating 99 Catholics from among the thousands massacred by French Revolutionaries at Avrillé between 1793 and 1794 … Read More

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