Why Cranmer Would Have Approved of The Oxford Martyrs’ Memorial

May 18, 2018 by

by Julian Mann, VOL: How many British national newspaper journalists apart from Peter Hitchens would be willing and able to write so knowledgeably about the sixteenth-century Protestant martyrs burned at the stake in Oxford? Surely not very many. Mr Hitchens’s highly educative piece about the English Protestant martyrs in First Things, the magazine for the New York-based Institute on Religion and Public Life, certainly achieved its purpose. It showed the moral difference between the...

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Latimer and Ridley Are Forgotten

May 12, 2018 by

by Peter Hitchens, First Things: Hidden in the northern suburbs of Oxford are the last traces of a path first trodden by multitudes of country folk hurrying to see the burning of the Protestant martyrs Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley on October 16, 1555, and trudging home afterward. For some years I lived very close to this track, and after dark I would imagine all those figures bustling past in their gray-and-brown homespun, their hands hard as oak from work in the fields, and wonder whether...

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The Coptic martyrs on Minya: poignant accounts of their final moments

May 31, 2017 by

from Aleteia. While celebrating the liturgical feast of the Lord’s Ascension into heaven, as they made their way to the monastery of St. Samuel, 200 kilometers south of Cairo, dozens of Coptic pilgrims were murdered in a bloody ambush carried out by the Islamic State. At least 29 persons were killed, and 25 wounded, as the terrorists opened fire on the pilgrims. It was the fourth attack against Christians in Egypt since December to be claimed by the ISIS, and comes in the wake of the...

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Priests are martyred every day of the week. Why don’t we pay attention?

Aug 2, 2016 by

by Tim Stanley: You hear it said that 2016 is an unusually crappy year. That’s Western privilege talking. Every year has been horrible for a long time in Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Sudan – the list is endless. It’s only in the West that a sense of vulnerability is new. And in many cases, we were never that secure anyway. We were just distracted. As Damian Thompson writes, the murder of Christians in the Middle East is a regular occurrence. The slaughter of Fr Jacques Hamel, 85, probably made...

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A Martyr the World Must Remember

Jul 28, 2016 by

by Fr Benedict Keily, FaithZette: Parish priest in Normandy killed at holiest moment for Christians — and he surely won’t be the last. One of the great gifts for a busy parish priest — and these days most parish priests are very busy indeed — is the gift of a retired or elderly priest who offers to “cover” the parish for a few weeks so that the pastor has time for some rest. Looking at the pictures of Fr. Jacques Hamel, the elderly French priest brutally slaughtered by ISIS on...

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