Pope Francis gives a blessing after he delivers his Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: After 2,000 Years the Persecution of Christians Continues

Dec 26, 2023

During Tuesday’s Angelus on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace.

Wiktoria Ulma with six of her children. | The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II.

The Vatican Says a Newborn Martyr Had a "baptism of blood." What Does that Mean?

Sep 14, 2023

All nine members of the Ulma family, who were murdered by the Nazi regime for sheltering two Jewish families, were beatified Sunday.

Pope Francis' general audience of April 19, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: "Every Christian is called to the witness of life"

Apr 19, 2023

Even when not called to the particular grace of martyrdom, every Christian is called to testify to Christ through his or her life, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square, Dec. 26, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Renews Prayers for Peace in Ukraine, Calls on Catholics to Learn from Martyr

Dec 26, 2022

Pope Francis on Monday called on Catholics to pray for those who have harmed them — and those persecuted — as he renewed his Christmas call for peace in Ukraine and worldwide. 

Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Portugal

Christian Community in Egypt Marking Martyrdom of 21 Christians Killed by Jihadists

Feb 5, 2022

A community in Egypt’s Diocese of Minya has embarked on a 15-day commemoration of the martyrdom of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians who were murdered in 2015 by Daesh jihadists.

Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center.

How a Martyr Killed by the Mafia in Italy Inspired a Generation of Catholic Lawyers

Jan 9, 2021

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal legacy lives on through the work of a center in Italy dedicated to issues of life, the family, and religious freedom.

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's apostolic palace Nov. 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

“We are called to bear witness to Jesus where we live, work, everywhere”: Pope Francis

Dec 26, 2020

Be a witness to Jesus Christ in the way you conduct your ordinary, everyday life, and it will become a masterpiece for God, Pope Francis encouraged Saturday.

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain.

Pope Francis Recognizes Martyrdom of Judge Killed by Mafia in Italy, to be Beatified

Dec 22, 2020

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse in Sicily.