Prayer In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives for the Gospel
Father Emmanuel M. Katongole, Presider
In many parts of the world Christians, even at the risk of their own lives, do not cease to proclaim the Gospel of Christ’s peace. This strong, nonviolent witness of our brothers and sisters helps us to understand the meaning of the Cross of Jesus, of His Passion and Resurrection.
Continuing a tradition started in Rome, and encouraged by St. John Paul II, this memorial prayer remembers the faithful of all Christian traditions of the 20th & 21st Centuries who have been given the grace to offer their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola/Community of Sant’Egidio
“We know that there is no growth without the Spirit: it is He who is Church, it is He who makes the Church grow, it is He who convokes the Church’s community. But the witness of Christians is necessary too.
And when historical situations require a strong witness, there are martyrs, the greatest witnesses.
And the Church grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs. This is the beauty of martyrdom.
It begins with witness, day after day, and it can end like Jesus.” – Pope Francis