“Martyrial Ecumenism” Hmmm…

January 31, 2010

America magazine recently gave it’s Campion Award to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.  St. Edmund Campion is one of the great and courageous English Jesuit martyrs, himself hanged in the 16th century by the Archbishop’s Anglican forebears.  His feast is observed by both churches.  In receiving the award, the Archbishop referred to a concept of Pope John Paul II, martyrial ecumenism by which Christians of various bodies honor one another’s martyrs as heroic witnesses for Christ, particularly when they died at the hands of other Christians.  He pointed to St. Paul as the first to honor the sacredness of his own victims: Read the rest of this entry »

May 25: Saint Cristobal Magallanes

May 25, 2009

Saint Cristobal Magallanes, 1869 – 1927 Read the rest of this entry »

Mementos Of The English Martyrs For Every Day Of The Year

April 4, 2009

Mementos Of The English Martyrs For Every Day Of The Year

October 14: Blessed Ana María Aranda Riera

October 14, 2008

Blessed Ana María Aranda Riera
1888 – 1936

October 12: Blessed Pacifico de Valencia

October 12, 2008

Blessed Pacifico de Valencia
1874 – 1936

October 7: Blessed José Llosá Balaguer, Martyr Of Spain

October 7, 2008

Blessed José Llosá Balaguer
1901 – 1936

October 4: Blessed Alfredo Pellicer Muñoz

October 4, 2008

Blessed Alfredo Pellicer Muñoz
1914 – 1936

October 3: Blessed Crescenzio García Pobo

October 3, 2008

Blessed Crescenzio García Pobo
1903 – 1936

October 2: Blessed Bartolomeo Blanco Marquez

October 2, 2008

Blessed Bartolomeo Blanco Marquez
1914 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »

October 1: Blessed Alvaro Sanjuan Canet

October 1, 2008

Blessed Alvaro Sanjuan Canet
1908 – 1936

September 28: Blessed Amalia Abad Casasempere

September 28, 2008

Blessed Amalia Abad Casasempere
1897 – 1936

September 25: Blessed Antonio Cid Rodriguez

September 25, 2008

Blessed Antonio Cid Rodriguez
1890 – 1936

September 16: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon, Martyr Of Korea

September 16, 2008

Saint Andrew Kim Taegon
1821 -1846 Read the rest of this entry »

August 25: Blessed Luis Urbano Lanaspa, Dominican New Martyr Of Spain

August 25, 2008

Blessed Luis Urbano Lanaspa
1882 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »

Damian Thompson on “China’s Vile Persecution Of Christians”

July 23, 2008

China’s vile persecution of Christians

Posted by Damian Thompson on 07 Apr 2008  at 12:17 
I’m thrilled that China’s Olympic propaganda stunt turned into such a fiasco yesterday and sorry that someone didn’t throw the torch into the Thames. But this is not just about Tibet: it would have been nice to see huge crowds of Christians yesterday, protesting at the vile persecution of believers in mainland China.
Defiant faith: Bishop John Han was imprisoned on 11 occasions
Take a look at this picture from a video on the website of the wonderful Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. It shows Read the rest of this entry »

Rev. Matthias Lu: “Martyrs Serve The Cause Of Truth In China”

July 20, 2008


Rev. Matthias Lu

Easter is the feast of the 8th Beatitude. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, the 8th Beatitude is taken from the lips of our Savior: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.” The Easter Alleluia is so joyful because it sings the glory of Christ’s own martyrdom on the Cross, fulfilling God’s loving will. The Hebrew word “Alleluia” proclaims, literally, “O God, thy will be done.” Thus it celebrates the fullness of the 8th Beatitude: the victory of Christ over death.The death of martyrs, victims of persecution, is their gate to entry into the Kingdom of God. Martyrdom for them is a victory, triumphant and instantaneous. And martyrdom has been a continuing fact of life for the Catholic Church in China during the past 47 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Forgotten Catholic China: A Photo Essay

July 19, 2008

This is a gathering of Catholics in a small village. They have being many years without a priest, but today Fr. Dang has come from the city of Kunming, more than 900 km. away, so the people from the village have spread the news around and everybody has come to the church, but the size of the crowd exceeds the capacity of the church, so many of the Christians have to attend Mass standing outside.

China has adopted the one child policy. This sight of brothers and sisters together is very seldom seen in the cities.

The Feast of Pentecost

See the whole slide show here. Whoever took this pictures has an artistic eye and a great love for the people.

5 bob to: Intentional Disciples

Prayers for the Church in China today will echo in eternity.  Remember them in your daily rosary, have Masses said for the faithful there, spread the word about them. 

They Are Still Suffering: Martyrs Of China

July 17, 2008

Some of the Martyrs of China.  Read more.

May 9: Blessed Stefan Grelewski, New Martyr Of Poland

May 9, 2008

Blessed Stefan Grelewski, 1898 – 1941 Read the rest of this entry »

March 23: Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka, Greek Catholic New Martyr Of Slovakia

March 23, 2008



Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka
1886-1959 Read the rest of this entry »