Benedict XVI Invites Faithful To Pray for Missionary Martyrs

Source: FSSPX News

On Easter Monday, after having recited the Regina Coeli from Catstel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI invited the faithful to pray for the missionaries who had been martyred in the course of the previous year. 

Twenty-one of them were killed in 2007. “To remember and pray for these brothers and sisters of ours - Bishops, priests, religious and lay people - who died during 2007, while carrying out their missionary service is a duty of gratitude for the whole Church and an incentive for each one of us to witness ever more courageously to our faith and hope in the One who on the Cross triumphed over the power of violence and hatred for ever with his almighty love.”

In 2007, according to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, 21 missionaries were killed: 15 priests, 3 deacons, 1 Brother, 1 Sister, and 1 seminarian. The annual Day of Prayer and Fasting for Missionary Martyrs usually takes place on the anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, of San Salvador, murdered while celebrating Mass on March 24.

Benedict XVI had previously invited the faithful to behave as “risen” ones: “Let us allow the paschal "alleluia" to be deeply impressed within us too, so that it is not only a word in certain external circumstances but is expressed in our own lives, the lives of people who invite everyone to praise the Lord and do so with their behavior as "risen" ones.” (Sources: Apic/I.Media/The Osservatore Romano)