Tag Archives: Martyrs

Perpetua and Felicitas – Repost


In this program hosts John O’Keefe and Wendy M. Wright discuss the early Christian martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas.

The stories of the martyrdoms of these two women are exteremely important sources for our knowledge of the history of earliest Christianity.  The stories also maintian a remarkable ablity to move people, even after nearly two thousand years.

The feast day of Perpetual and Felicitas is March 7th.

This program first appeared in 2010

The Martyrdom of Polycarp


February 23rd marks the feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr.  In today’s program, hosts O’Keefe and Wright discuss the “the Martyrdom of Polycarp,” an important early Christian text that describes Polycarp’s death and offers important insight into the emerging Christian tradition.

Photo: “Saint Polycarp” by “Nick in exsilio” from Flickr (Used under Creative Commons license)

The Blessed Franz Jagerstatter


This week Roger Bergman discusses the life of Franz Jagerstatter, who was executed in 1943 by the Nazis for refusing to serve in the military.

Jagerstatter was beatified in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI and declared to be a martyr.

Perpetua and Felicitas


In this program, recorded last year, hosts John O’Keefe and Wendy M. Wright discuss the early Christian martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas.

The stories of the martyrdoms of these two women are exteremely important sources for our knowledge of the history of earliest Christianity.  The stories also maintian a remarkable ablity to move people, even after nearly two thousand years.

The feast day of Perpetual and Felicitas is March 7th.

Photo: “Study for Christian Martyrs Last Prayer by Jean Leon Gerome French 19th century OIl” by “mharrsch” from Flickr (Used under Creative Commons license)

The Martyrs of El Salvador


Today is the twentieth anniversary of the murder of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador.  Our guest John Giuliano knew the victims and was a near witness to their murders.

Today he reflects upon his memories of twenty years ago and upon his current ministry with the Tamarindo Foundation. Giuliano still lives in El Salvador.

Listeners may also enjoy our interviews with Kevin Burke, S.J., and Laura Burke.

Ignacio Ellacuría


November 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of six jesuits, their housekeeper, and their house keeper’s daughter in El Salvador. The event galvanized members of the Society of Jesus all over the world and continues to remind many Christians of the possible costs of discipleship. Catholic Comments will devote two programs to the commemoration of this event.

For this week’s podcast, Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J. discusses the intellectual legacy of Ignacio Ellacuría, one of the six Jesuits killed.