General Audience of 19 April 2023 with the Holy Father Francis
Catechesis. The passion for evangelization: the apostolic zeal of the believer. 11.Witnesses: the martyrs
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Speaking of evangelization and speaking of apostolic zeal, after having considered the testimony of Saint Paul, a true "champion" of apostolic zeal, today our gaze turns not to a single figure, but to the ranks ofmartyrs, men and women of all ages, languages and nations who gave their lives for Christ, who shed blood to confess Christ.
Dopo la generazione degli Apostoli, sono stati loro, per eccellenza, i “testimoni” del Vangelo. I martiri: il primo fu il diacono Santo Stefano, lapidato fuori dalle mura di Gerusalemme.
The word "martyrdom" comes from the Greekmartyria, which means reallytestimony. Un martire è un testimone, uno che dà testimonianza fino a versare il sangue.
However, soon in the Church the word was used Read more…