Dear brethren in Christ: Pope Francis during the Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hammel said that he belongs to the “chain of toay’s martyrs” who were slaughtered and killed because they do not deny Jesus Christ. He affirmed that “to kill in the name of God is satanic”, a blasphemy.
Let us pray daily for our persecuted brethren in the world and ask Fr. Jacques Hammel and all our martyred brethren to pray for the entire Church, especially for those who are undergoing persecution in many places.
Maria, Regina martyrum (Queen of martyrs), ora pro nobis!

Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ homily during the Mass he celebrated this morning in memory of Father Jacques Hamel, before his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.


Today, the Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ. We understand that it is a mystery.

This mystery of annihilation, of closeness to us. Being in the condition of God, Paul says, [Jesus] does not hold on to a privilege of being like God, but emptied Himself, taking on the condition of servant, becoming similar to human beings. He humbled himself, and was obedient unto death, even until death on a Cross.

This is the mystery of Christ. This is a mystery. That is martyrdom for the salvation of men.

Jesus Christ is the first martyr, the first One Who gives his life for us. And from this mystery of Christ, begins the whole history of Christian martyrdom, from the early centuries until today.

The early Christians confessed Christ by paying with their lives. The early Christians who were asked to confess other gods, to say that ‘our god is true and not yours,’ when they refused to do this, were crucified. This story is repeated through today. Today, in the Church, there are more martyrs than martyred Christians in the past.

Today, there are Christians martyred, tortured, slaughtered, because they do not deny Jesus Christ.

In this history, we get to our Father Jaques: he is part of this chain of martyrs. Christians who today suffer in prison, with death, torture, for not denying Jesus Christ, show precisely the cruelty of this persecution. This cruelty that asks for apostasy is – let’s say the word – satanic.

How much I would like that all the confessions would say: to kill in the name of God is satanic.

Father Jacques Hamel was slaughtered on the cross, just as he was celebrating the Sacrifice of Christ. A good, meek man, of brotherhood, who always was trying to make peace, was assassinated as if he were a criminal. This is the thread of satanic persecution, but there is one thing of this man who has accepted his martyrdom there, that makes me think so much about the martyrdom of Christ on the altar. One thing that makes me think so much …

In the midst of the difficult time that he lived in the midst of this tragedy he saw coming, he did not lose the clarity of accusing and say the name of the assassination. And he clearly said: “Go away, Satan!”

He gave his life to not deny Jesus, gave his life in the same way Jesus [does] on the altar. And from there, he accused the author of persecution: “Go away, Satan!”.

May this example of courage, along with the martyrdom of his life to empty himself to help others, help us to move forward without fear. We must pray, eh! He is a martyr, the martyrs are blessed … We must pray he gives us brotherhood, meekness, peace, and even the courage to tell the truth: to kill in the name of God is satanic.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]


HOMILY SOURCE: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-at-morning-mass-in-fr-hamels-memory/

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  1. Maria says:

    To Persecute Christians Is To Persecute Christ!
    By Shaila Touchton
    Christians are persecuted because Christ is persecuted.
    Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
    Taking a stand for God always brings persecution.
    Remember Stephen is stoned to death
    Andrew was crucified, suspended on an olive tree
    Bartholomew was crucified with his head downward
    James the son of Alphaeus, when preaching in Jerusalem, was stoned to death
    John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded by Herod
    Philip preached in Phrygia, and was crucified with his head downward
    Jesus was betrayed and forsaken by his own disciples
    He was accused falsely, denied, abandoned, mocked, was arrested.
    He was scourged, put on a crown of thorns on his head
    He was nailed on the cross, bore his own cross and was crucified.
    This reminds us that Christians were slained for the word of God, and for the testimony.
    Christians are led to slaughter as a sheep
    For the righteous sake they have been persecuted

    Many Christians around the world are facing imprisonment, trials, Death
    Many evil people have forced them to compromise their faith
    When we are persecuted stand on the promise of Mathew 5: 10
    When we face opposition stand on the promise of Romans 8: 31
    When we are under attack, stand on the promise of Proverbs 18: 10.
    Jesus is coming soon, very soon in a cloud with power and Great glory!
    The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night
    Every eye will see Him, even those who pierced
    Those who are dead in Christ will rise first.
    Those who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them
    In the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

    It will be a fearful, mournful time for the wicked
    He is coming to Judge the living and the dead.
    God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus
    For the righteous, he awards the crown of the righteousness
    He will punish those who do not know God
    Those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
    We are called to bear witness to Christ in this hostile world.
    He is coming! Watch, be alert, Be Ready for the return of Christ!
    Until he comes, get God’s protection on you and on your loved ones
    By pleading the Precious Blood of Jesus as a Hedge of protection.
    Against any type of adversity, fears and persecutions.


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