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S+L BLOG: Martyrs

History On November 16, 1989 on the campus of the Central American University in San Salvador, six Jesuit priests were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night and executed. The military officers who carried out the killing went unpunished for decades. Five of six Jesuits were Spanish citizens. In 2008 the Spanish ...read more
On Friday evening, November 27, 2015, Pope Francis visited the Munyonyo Martyrs’ Shrine for a meeting with Catechists and Teachers. Below you will find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks: Greeting to Catechists Kampala, Munyonyo Friday, 27 November 2015 Dear Catechists and Teachers, Dear Friends, I greet you with affection in the ...read more
During his trip to Africa, Pope Francis will land in Entebbe, Uganda on Friday, November 27. It will be the second country he visits during the voyage. As is custom, he will pay a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic and meet with civic authorities and the diplomatic corps. That same evening he ...read more
26 Years ago at the Jesuit University in El Salvador: Jesuit Martyrs and their Friends taught us the meaning of an authentic Catholic Education Today is the 26th anniversary of the martyrdom in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests together with their housekeeper and her 15 year-old daughter.  Early on the morning of November 16, ...read more
“There is something holy about this place, something special. Here we stand on holy ground sanctified by the blood of the martyrs. Here we pray in solidarity with them. These are our Jesuit brothers who gave their lives: willingly, freely – and in love,” says Fr. Steve Leblanc, SJ – Jesuit priest at Martyrs’ Shrine ...read more
Traditionally, the church recognizes someone as a martyr when he or she refuses  to renounce their faith and is killed as a result. The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed, opens the door to a new, expanded definition of martyrdom. Romero, who was gunned down while celebrating Mass, was never pressured to renounce ...read more