Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence
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Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence

Although Christians are simply one among a staggering set of vulnerable minority groups around the world exposed to hatred and persecution, there remains a sort of wall of silence around their suffering. In part, that’s because the people who set the tone in global politics and the media generally live in the affluent West, where…

Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
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Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

Ten years ago today, I woke up and, as usual, switched on the radio and turned on my computer. Within seconds I received the news that I had long feared and expected, though hoped would never happen: the assassination of my friend Shahbaz Bhatti. For over five years from 2004 to 2009, I worked side…

Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis
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Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.” In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with…

The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?
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The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?

Priest, professor and former dean Titus Brandsma is an important step towards canonization. “If things go fast, it could be in February,” says philosopher and FTR dean Christoph Lüthy. Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) is well on his way to being canonized. The Carmelite, priest and former professor and dean of the Catholic University of Nijmegen who…

Missionary Disciples Killed in 2020
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Missionary Disciples Killed in 2020

The annual list says that the 20 “missionaries” killed include 8 priests, 1 male religious, 3 nuns, 2 seminarians and 6 lay people. Fides uses the term “missionary” for all the baptized, aware of what Pope Francis explains in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium: “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of…

John Kaiser MHM Memorial Day, Kenya -‘Where is Justice?’
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John Kaiser MHM Memorial Day, Kenya -‘Where is Justice?’

“It is now 20 years since he was killed and body dumped in Naivasha. His killers have not been brought to book till today. Where is justice?” Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Kenya’s Ngong diocese probed Sunday, August 23 during Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, Ngong where the 20th anniversary of Fr. Kaiser’s assasination took place….

Kenya: 20th John Kaiser MHM Anniversary
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Kenya: 20th John Kaiser MHM Anniversary

A message from the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Please note that this year the National Office will not print Fr. Kaiser posters and prayer cards as agreed by the planning committee due to the current situation of Covid 19 in the country. Please use different platforms at the diocese and parish levels to…

Canonisation of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Interview with Vice-Postulator
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Canonisation of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Interview with Vice-Postulator

–Father Millan: In addition to what I just indicated, I would highlight his profound spirituality, not only theoretical (as Professor, he was an expert in Rhenish-Flemish mysticism, as well as on the work and doctrine of Saint Teresa of Jesus), but vital and existential. Although he was very discreet in regard to his personal interior…

“A Church without Martyrs would be like a Tree without Fruit.” – Church Leader Iran/Turkey
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“A Church without Martyrs would be like a Tree without Fruit.” – Church Leader Iran/Turkey

Of course, it goes without saying that the mass exodus of Christians, and in particular of our young people and our most active members, is a cause of concern for us. Nonetheless, we should not look at the situation from a too human perspective. The strength and dynamism of a Christian community does not depend…

Turkey: A Story of Religious Cleansing
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Turkey: A Story of Religious Cleansing

There were between 3 and 4 million Christians in what is now Turkey—around 20 percent of the total population. They were spread throughout the area, from Thrace in the northwest to the far-eastern regions of Anatolia beyond Lake Van, where Armenians likely outnumbered Turks. By 1924, through three successive waves of massacre, deportation, abduction, and…

Celebrating Uganda Martyrs Day – June 3rd – amid Covid-19 Restrictions
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Celebrating Uganda Martyrs Day – June 3rd – amid Covid-19 Restrictions

“In the Archdiocese of Kampala, celebrations involving a few chosen people will be held at the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine, Namugongo on Wednesday 3rd June 2020. Mass will begin at 10.00 a.m.,” Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said in his May 24 statement. He added, “The celebrations will be broadcast on various social and electronic media platforms in…

Uganda Martyrs Day – June 3rd – ‘Postponed’
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Uganda Martyrs Day – June 3rd – ‘Postponed’

Bishops in the East African nation of Uganda have postponed indefinitely the celebrations of the Martyrs’ Day that had been scheduled for May 29 and June 3 due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the government including public gatherings. The deferment was announced April 30 by the President the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC),…