Discipleship has a price

Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

The following comes from a July 6 Catholic News Agency article: As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral. “We are living in challenging times. Our society and our culture are becoming … [Read more...]

Forsaken for their faith

California lawmaker argues that endangered Christians and Yazidis must get emergency immigration status

The following comes from a February 8 Washington Times opinion piece by Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher, a California Republican, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. It’s now a couple of weeks of news cycles since we learned from satellite imagery that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery of St. Elijah, which for more than … [Read more...]

Pastoral care workers killed in 2015

More died in America than any other continent

The following comes from a December 30 Agenzia Fides article: The wake of pastoral workers killed in this historic phase of humanity reveals an unprecedented upsurge. It seems to have no equal in the history, because it is an ongoing globalized persecution. Indeed Christians killed in this year, that our Agency regularly records, belong to 4 continents. America, already for … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox will have church dedicated to Christians killed by ISIS

Martyrs left widows and children behind

The following comes from an October 15 Zenit article: The gruesome images of the 21 Christians who were beheaded last February by Islamic State terrorists have left a deep imprint on the memory of Christian Egyptians. Now a new church dedicated to the martyrs—who are formally recognized as such by Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church—will honor their memory in a tangible … [Read more...]

The Mexican martyrs

Relics at the Los Angeles Cathedral The following comes from a May 11 posting on the Los Angeles archdiocese website. Relics of six priests martyred during the Mexican Cristero War of the 1920s, and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, will visit Los Angeles next week as part of a pilgrimage coordinated by the Knights of Columbus. The relics will be on display Monday … [Read more...]