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Martyrdom A Real Possibility, Says Pope
Encourages All Christians to a Life of Daily Sacrifice

ICC Note: This is a powerful message from the Pope, one that all Christians can benefit from in looking at whether they would be willing to give their lives for Christ, not just in a bloody way, but also in the “martyrdom or ordinary life.”

10/28/07 Spain (Zenit.org) – After noting the beatification of 498 Spanish martyrs, Benedict XVI affirmed that all Christians should be ready to give their lives for Christ.

The Pope said this today before leading the midday Angelus, and after the largest beatification ceremony in the history of the Church, held today in St. Peter’s Square. In the celebration, presided over by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Church recognized as blessed 498 martyrs from the religious persecution in 1930s Spain.

The Holy Father said, “Adding such a great number of martyrs to the list of beatified persons shows that the supreme witness of giving blood is not an exception reserved only to some individuals, but a realistic possibility for all Christian people. It includes men and women of different ages, vocations and social conditions, who pay with their lives in fidelity to Christ and his Church.”… [Go To Full Story]