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On the 40th Anniversary of His Martyrdom, the Cause for the Beatification of John Bradburne Begins

ZIMBABWE – Forty years ago, John Randal Bradburne refused to leave his ministry with the lepers of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the country’s civil war. He served the Mutemwa leper colony for ten years, and was eventually kidnapped and shot. Today is the fortieth anniversary of his martyrdom, and the cause for John’s beatification is …

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How the Greatness of John the Baptist Guides Us to the Greatest One

Catholics around the world celebrate the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. Few saints played a greater role in salvation history. Known as the greatest prophet, he prepared the way for Jesus Christ. Normally, I tend to remember the ending before the beginning of a story. The author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described it best, “Great …

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8 Things You Need to Know About The Carmelite Martyrs

Sacrifice is a central part of Catholicism. We offer personal struggles for various petitions. We fast and sacrifice things such as social media. Most importantly, every day we offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the midst of the French Revolution and Reign of Terror, a group of sixteen Carmelites offered their very lives …

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Vatican to Loan Saint Thomas Becket’s Bloody Tunic to Britain

BRITAIN – The Vatican is putting together the final arrangements to loan Saint Thomas Becket’s bloodstained tunic to Britain. Canterbury Cathedral is celebrating the 850th anniversary of the saint’s death and the 800th anniversary of the opening of the saint’s shrine in 2020. Thomas was close friends with King Henry II, serving as his chancellor. …

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These 5 Croatian Martyrs and Saints are Worth Knowing

The FIFA World Cup tournament is over and countries with deep Catholic roots fought for the title of world champions. France’s ties to Catholicism are well known and its many saints who have inspired countless Catholics around the world (e.g. St. Therese of Lisieux) as well known, too. However, few know that Croatia has an …

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“It Doesn’t Matter, They’re Christian”—The Coptic Orthodox Church’s New Martyrs

In 21st century America, the prospect of martyrdom is unthinkable for most Christians. We’re free to go to church, catechize our children, and practice our religion without fear of reprisal or violence. If we think about martyrdom at all, we usually think of the persecutions that countless Christians like St. Polycarp and St. Barbara suffered …

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