Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Century of Martyrs

The Twentieth Century had more Christian martyrs than all 20 previous centuries.

The secular West has been looking the other way for a very long time. Even the average church-going Christian is not likely to know that 45.5 million of the estimated 70 million Christians who have died for Christ did so in the last century. For this reason, scholars such as Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century, refer to the past century as one of the darkest periods of martyrdom since the birth of Christianity.
But they won't make TIME magazine's list of heroes, so I'm linking to the Catholic Online story about them here. This century is off to a brutal start for Christians, especially in Asia.
If the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, we are due for a huge revival. Just in time, we've never needed one more.
HT A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

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