The Pilgrim's Journey

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Church News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy … Read More

Sister Maria Restituta, Martyr

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020World Youth Day

With many pilgrims traveling for World Youth Day in Krakow, Germany, read how one woman, martyr stood up for her belief against Nazi Germany. ( Aleteia )Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday … Read More

Archbishop Romero, martyr, to be beatified May 23

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News

(CNA/EWTN News).- May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, was expected to announce the beatification date on Wednesday, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of … Read More

Pope: Romero was a martyr; beatification to come

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru. The decision was the fruit of a Feb. 3 audience between the Pope and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the … Read More

Panel advising Vatican unanimous that Archbishop Romero is a martyr

R RLast Updated: August 12th, 2020Church News

(CNS) A panel of theologians advising the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes voted unanimously to recognize the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. The panel declared Jan. 8 that the archbishop had been killed “in hatred for the faith,” Avvenire reported Jan. 9. The … Read More

Was the last ‘witch’ of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, US News

(CNA/EWTN News,  By Mary Rezac).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were … Read More