In the cathedral of Como on Saturday morning, the funeral Mass took place for priest Roberto Malgesini, murdered on Tuesday by a homeless person.
Pope Francis has praised as a martyr of charity a murdered Italian street priest known for his devotion to the least in society.
The memorial to victims of Nazism and Stalinism cuts right to the heart of the tiny Catholic Church in Estonia.
The murder of Saint Stephen, the first martyr of the Catholic Church, became a witness to the Roman citizen and Jewish leader Saul.
“For the fourth year, we are gathered in this too small church of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, with you priests, nuns, parishioners, with you, the dear family of Father Jacques Hamel, with you witnesses of this dramatic gesture committed here”.
In a recent letter sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, H.Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, expressed his solidarity to the Christian communities in the African country, who are “living a situation of continuous attacks by terrorists, insurgents and militias, that in some cases reaches levels of genuine criminal persecution”.
On June 19 the Holy Father authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree concerning the martyrdom of the Servant of God Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross, who was born in Colico (Italy) on 20 August 1939 and killed in Chiavenna (Italy) on 6 June 2000.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter, turning this thoughts to the reaction of God’s people in the face of an easing of the current quarantine measures.
A Vatican magazine has praised the “spiritual resistance and moral strength” of modern female “martyrs”.
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate in South Africa, OMISA are devastated by the death of Fr. Jozef (Jef) Hollanders, killed in a robbery in the parish of Bodibe, near Mahikeng, in the northwestern province of South Africa.
Agenzia Fides continues its service to collect information regarding the missionaries killed during the year.
The address Pope Francis gave December 26, on the feast of St. Stephen, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.