When our dear Papa Ratzinger announced on February 11 that he would be resigning the Papacy, it was quickly forgotten that the main item for that consistory was the announcement of the Canonization of Saints.
Our Holy Father Francis today in St. Peter's Square announced the canonization of Blessed Laura de Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya y Upeegui, virgin and foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena; Blessed Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary (Alacoque) and the Poor.
Most especially were Blessed Antonio Primaldo and Companions. Who were they? Following the excerpt from the Holy See's announcement is a reprise of my post from the feast of another martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe be inspired and be warned, for it happened before and it will happen again. Dr. Donald Prudlo, associate professor of Medieval History at Jacksonville State University, Alabama writes about their dramatic story:
“The significance of their sacrifice was clear. Antonio and his townsmen had, in reality, saved Europe – their bravery gave Christendom time both to regroup, and to realize the gravity of the threat. Mehmed II died the next year, at the age of only 49, frustrating Ottoman plans for expansion.
“The Martyrs of Otranto are an exceptional testimony of fidelity to Christ, even in the midst of terrible sufferings. Simple lay Christians, defeated, leaderless, yet bound by their profession of faith in a hostile world, the Martyrs will receive the greatest honor bestowed by the Church, canonization as saints this Sunday, 12 May.”
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007
Sandro Magister of Chiesa writes today about it and reprints and article from last year written by Alfredo Mantovano, a Catholic jurist, senator, and a son of the same land that produced those martyrs, born in southern Puglia, the region of Otranto.
I'll give you a little taste:
Eight hundred men, who five centuries ago suffered the treatment reserved in 2004 for the American antenna repairman Nick Berg, captured by Islamic terrorists in Iraq and killed to the cry of “Allah is great!” His executioner, after cutting his jugular, drew the blade around his neck until his head was detached, and then held this up as a trophy. Exactly as the Ottoman executioner did in 1480 to each of the eight hundred men from Otranto.Now, read the rest of it here, be chilled and inspired all at the same time.