Pakistan: Contemporary Christian Martyrs Go Unrecognised
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Pakistan: Contemporary Christian Martyrs Go Unrecognised

Fate is prejudiced towards Christians in Pakistan. Perhaps just like the government, fate was designed to be brutal to Christians in Pakistan. In almost every other way, fate made it obvious to everyone the classification and stratification of Christians upon the standards of this biased taxonomy. Pakistani Christian face fanatic attacks quite regularly.  In 1997,…

Namugongo, Uganda: Martyrs Day Pilgrimage Resumes after Two Year Hiatus
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Namugongo, Uganda: Martyrs Day Pilgrimage Resumes after Two Year Hiatus

NAMUGONGO, JUNE 3, 2022 (CISA) – Pilgrims from all works of life on the morning of June 3, braved a heavy downpour to access Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo for the 2022 Martyrs Day Celebrations animated by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal under the shepherdship of Rt Rev Robert Muhiirwa Akiiki. The June 3 official…

Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break
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Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break

This year, Fort Portal Diocese shall animate the Liturgy on Martyrs day at Namugongo and the preparations are ongoing in high gear. Pilgrims from Fort Portal the Diocese that is charged with responsibilities to organized and animate the liturgy for this year’s celebrations and other Dioceses in Uganda, have started the pilgrimage to Namugongo Martyrs…

Uganda/Ireland: 20th Anniversary of Violent Death of Fr Declan O’Toole MHM
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Uganda/Ireland: 20th Anniversary of Violent Death of Fr Declan O’Toole MHM

On the 21st March 2002 Fr. Declan was shot dead together with his driver Patrick Longoli and his cook Fidelis Longole while travelling on their way home from a peace meeting within the territory of his mission. Fr. Declan’s cause has been opened since October 2014 for Beatification by Most Rev. Dr. Giueppe Filippi, M.C.C.I,…

Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’
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Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’

“The canonization of Titus Brandsma is truly a milestone and an inspiration, not only for the Church but particularly for Filipino Carmelites,” said Father Rico P. Ponce, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Philippine Province. “Having our Province named after this modern-day martyr and mystic is made more meaningful by our own present struggles against the…

‘Faith in Jesus is Rare, very Rare’ – the Case of Alfred Delp SJ
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‘Faith in Jesus is Rare, very Rare’ – the Case of Alfred Delp SJ

Ruth Burrows is a Carmelite sister, a follower of Teresa of Avila, who lives in their convent in Quidenham, in Norfolk. She had written that ‘faith in Jesus is very, very rare’, by which I took her to mean not so much the intellectual assent to a God and to Jesus as the Son of…

Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women
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Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women

During the Japanese occupation, at least 200,000 women from numerous Asian countries were taken as comfort women for Japanese soldiers. It remains a contentious issue to this day. Last year a South Korean court ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to Korean women turned into sex slaves during the Japanese occupation there. As Papua…

Missionaries Killed in 2021
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Missionaries Killed in 2021

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, in 2021 22 missionaries were killed in the world: 13 priests, 1 religious man, 2 religious women, 6 lay persons. This year the highest number of missionaries killed was registered in Africa, where 11 missionaries (7 priests, 2 religious women, 2 lay persons)…

India: The Blood of Martyrs….
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India: The Blood of Martyrs….

Father Dibakar Parichha, a Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese official, told UCA News that victims of the Kandhamal riots won admiration even after losing everything, including near and dear ones, because they kept their faith alive and were able to give another priest to the Church. “Father Nayak is the ninth priest from his village that comes under Our Lady of Charity Parish…

Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum
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Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum

These were a group of nineteen Dutch religious, including Franciscans, Dominicans Premonstratensian Canons and diocesan priests, who were hanged by militant Dutch Calvinists at Briel in 1572, during the war of independence with Spain. After imprisonments and tortures, a mob hauled them before the fanatical pirate Admiral Lumey. William of Orange ordered their release and…