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Friday, May 21, 2010

Remembering priestly martyrs

Sometimes when we hear the word "martyr," it may be tempting to envision early Christians being thrown to the lions, but, as we know, Christians continue to be killed for their faith.

The Catholic News Service reminds us of this with a profile of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish Catholic priest who was murdered in 1984 by communist agents for his sermons defending human rights and his courage to stand up to communist oppression. Father Popieluszko will be beatified June 6 in Warsaw.

Here's what Archbishop Henryk Muszynski of Gniezno, Poland, told CNS in the story:

"Though everyone is different and must find their own path to God, we are all called to lead a Christian life of holiness," the archbishop said. "For the whole Catholic Church, (Father Popieluszko) represents the Gospel for the normal, mundane conditions of everyday life and work, showing how we can be loyal to others and follow our consciences."

Click HERE to read the entire piece.

Today, the Catholic Church also commemorates the lives of St. Christopher Magallanes and his companions — 21 priests and three laymen — who were victims of the Mexican government's oppression of the Church. Check out the video about the martyrs below:

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