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Martyrs

Pope reflects on modern Christian persecution during his first visit to a catacomb

On All Souls Day Pope Francis visited the Catacombs of Priscilla and offered a Mass in its small chapel.

Portuguese nun murdered for resisting rape could be beatified

Sister "Radical" Antónia was known for her service to the sick and elderly, and for riding a motorcycle to her sick calls

The first Catholic priest to say Mass in Manhattan

Even before his gruesome death, Isaac Jogues was called a “martyr for Christ.”

7 Unusual boys names from inspirational child martyrs

Unique and powerful, these names belonged to truly brave and faith-filled children.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession: How many beatings would he take?

Blessed Fernando Olmeda Reguera wasn't about to betray his priesthood. He is one of the many victim priests of the Spanish Civil War.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession: His high-profile penitent caught the authorities’ eye

Blessed Richard Thirkeld became the confessor for St. Margaret Clitherow, the wife of an official of the city of York.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession: Would one priest betray another?

These two martyrs of the Spanish Civil War went to their death defending their priesthood, including the Sacramental Seal.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession: Is my wife being unfaithful?

St. John Nepomucene is considered the patron saint of the sacred seal, having defended it amidst torture in the 14th century.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession: What had the prisoners revealed?

Father Mateo Correa was a victim of the Cristero War, unwilling to betray his fellow Catholics being persecuted.

In Lviv, Ukraine, a modest apartment is a shrine to the faith of martyrs

Blessed Vasyl put his life on the line to provide the Eucharist to underground Catholics.

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