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Martyrs Pope Francis Prayer

Courage of Christian martyrs a blessing for everyone: Pope  

Christians who never renounce their love for Christ and are faithful to the point of death are a blessing for everyone, Pope Francis says in a video released yesterday. Source: CNS.

Europe Martyrs

Catholics call for opening of canonisation cause for slain sacristan

Catholics in the southern Spanish Diocese of Cádiz and Ceuta are calling for the Church to promote the canonisation cause of Diego Valencia, a sacristan who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in January. Source: CNA. 


Vatican puts 35 Catholic ‘martyrs of Kandhamal’ in India on road to sainthood

The Church in India has welcomed the news that the Vatican will initiate the beatification process for the 35 Catholic martyrs of Kandhamal who were killed in the 2008 Christian persecution in the remote jungle district of the eastern Odisha state. Source: National Catholic Register.

Eastern Rite Martyrs

Melkite Patriarch to visit Australia

Melkite Patriarch Joseph Absi will visit Australia and New Zealand in November and December at the invitation of the Pontifical Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need.


‘Night of the Witnesses’ to honour martyred Christians

St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne will host an evening of testimony, prayer and song to honour martyred Christians at the second annual “Night of the Witnesses” in November. Source: Melbourne Catholic.