The new film Faith of Our Fathers examines the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, whose fortitude is a reminder that persecution strengthens the Church, a presenter of the film has noted, report the Catholic News Agency.
'I think perhaps the heroism and strength of Catholicism through that period, when we were given so many saints, martyrs and heroes, wouldn't have happened without the persecution,' said Fr Marcus Holden, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark in England, who was involved in the making of the documentary.
'And I think in our modern age, as Catholics, we're always best when we're losing, we're always best when were on the cross, we're always best when we're being persecuted,' he told CNA. 'And maybe that is providence.'
The two-hour film serves as a reminder of God's providence through human history, full of sin and seemingly lost opportunities.
The film also features interviews with Bishop Terence Brain of Salford, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who discusses his devotion to St John Fisher, the only martyr-bishop of the English Reformation.
Photo: Fr Holden and Fr Scholfield at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, from Faith of our Fathers