(The Conversation) – What was once a commemoration of martyrdom today inspires much more, including social justice work around the globe.
(RNS) — Supporters and critics of the late John Allen Chau disagree about his missionary methods. But they also disagree about the message that motivated him.
(RNS) — Canonizing two of his favorite people, Pope Francis showcases the man who brought Vatican II to a conclusion and the man who was martyred for defending human rights and the poor.
CAIRO (RNS) — 'We need to stop viewing this harassment toward us with pride and saying terrorism gives us a chance to play the same role our ancestors did like in those Sunday school stories about the torture of martyrs,' said Bassem Al-Janoubie, an Egyptian Coptic Christian.
OKARCHE, Okla. (RNS) — The Rev. Stanley Francis Rother's upcoming beatification both thrills and amazes people in this farm town of 1,200, about 40 miles northwest of the state capital.
PARIS (Reuters) The Rev. Jacques Hamel was 85 years old when he was knifed to death at the altar by Islamist militants in July.
(RNS) In effectively declaring the Rev. Jacques Hamel a saint, the pontiff also wished that all religious traditions would reiterate that 'to kill in the name of God is satanic.'
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Francis, the first Latin American pope, unblocked Romero's sainthood process shortly after his election in March 2013. It had been stalled because church leaders saw Romero as having been too close to Liberation Theology.
(RNS) One man's martyr can be another man's terrorist. Here's what's behind lionizing the dead.
(RNS) Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, has often said he thought the slain archbishop was a martyr worthy of consideration for sainthood.
(RNS) There remains a thin line between nonviolence and martyrdom.
(RNS) James Foley’s murder by terrorists of the Islamic State has prompted many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, to argue that he should be considered a martyr, maybe even a saint.
Debate flares over how people define martyred and persecuted Christians. An American church drops Bibles over North Korea. And a drunken Wisconsin woman drops trou in the name of religious freedom. God bless America.