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Meet the 10 Newest Blesseds of the Catholic Church
“May their example of faith to Christ help us all, especially Christians who are persecuted in various parts of the world, to bear witness to the Gospel courageously.”
June 21, 2022
The Catholic Church’s 10 newest blesseds were beatified last weekend in Poland.
The 10 members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth were murdered by soldiers of the Red Army in 1945.
They were beatified at a Mass celebrated by the Vatican Cardinal Marcello Semeraro on June 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław.
Pope Francis praised their “example of faith” at his Sunday Angelus on June 12.
“May their example of faith to Christ help us all, especially Christians who are persecuted in various parts of the world, to bear witness to the Gospel courageously,” he said.
3 thoughts on “Newly Beatified”
The stories of the martyrs for Christ never fail to amaze and humble me. Would I have the courage of these saints if put to the test? Most of the time I shake my head and just pray no such test ever comes, but these days it appears as if red martyrdom will no longer be confined to “other places”, such as Nigeria or the Middle East. It behooves us to keep this in mind, and to prepare our hearts accordingly.
In that vein, I cannot recommend too highly a daily study of the Roman Martyrology, which, although not fully up to date, still contains the names of thousands who died for the Faith, listed for every day of the year. Often the manner of their death also is described. One can find each day’s Martyrology, as recited in the Office of Prime under the pre-conciliar rubrics of the Divine Office, at websites such as DivinumOfficium.com. The Martyrology also can be purchased separately in hardcover from Angelus Press, so you can recognize these heroes of Christ in prayer and reflection even if you don’t pray the Office. Once again, highly recommended.
Here is a link to purchase the book if you are so inclined. (I hope it’s ok to add this. If not, I apologize in advance.)
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