BLOG: Martyrs
“Dungeon, fire, and sword” to me were a poetic allusion to adversity. I never thought to ask: “Which dungeon? What fire? Whose sword?” Until I lived in England. ...read more
Certainly, there are contemporary martyrs who are killed for being Christian. But more and more, contemporary martyrs are being killed for living out their Christianity. ...read more
Read about St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher: two heroic saints who defied a tyrannical king and gave their lives rather than act against their conscience. ...read more
Read Deacon Pedro's reflection on the meaning of Martyrdom. ...read more
In Rome, in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will canonize the following: Blessed Angelo da Acri, Italian Capuchin priest (1669-1739); Blessed Faustino Miguez Gonzalez, Spanish Piarist priest, founder of the Calasanzian Institute (1831-1925); Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio, Blessed Juan, Martyrs of Tlaxcala: 3 children killed for having embraced the Christian faith in Mexico, in 1527 ...read more
There was much anticipation in the church world for Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s historical fiction novel, “Silence”. The movie premiered late last year and made its way to select theaters across Canada in January 2017. The movie  follows two young Portuguese Jesuits to Japan, after they hear that one of their spiritual mentors, ...read more