Monday, July 5, 2010

Catholic faithful to celebrate witness of 120 Chinese Martyrs :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

CNA STAFF, Jul 4, 2010 / 05:03 am (CNA).

On Friday, July 9, the Church will celebrate the feast of the 120 Martyrs of China. Religious persecution has a long history in China, especially persecution of Christians, thousands of whom have died for their faith in the last millennium.
On October 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 120 men, women, and children who gave their lives for the faith in China between the years 1648 and 1930. The martyrs include 87 native Chinese and 33 foreign missionaries. The majority were killed during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.

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