christian martyrs

christian martyrs

Rome, Memorial of the New Martyrs in the san Bartolomeo all'Isola (manortiz)

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n 1999, anticipating the celebration of the Jubilee 2000, Pope John Paul II created a Commission to the study the life and history of the New Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century. For two years the Commission worked in the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, collecting approximately 12,000 dossiers on martyrs and witnesses of faith from dioceses all around the world. Among the fruits of this study was the ecumenical prayer at the Coliseum, when the Pope gathered with several representatives of various Christian Churches during the Jubilee celebrations. The event revealed that the multitude of Christian believers killed or persecuted in the last century is like a continent still waiting to be explored, a heritage that all Christian denominations share. After the Jubilee, John Paul II wished that the memory of the witnesses of faith of the 20th Century were made visible in the Basilica of St. Bartholomew. In October 2002, a solemn ecumenical ceremony took place, with Cardinals Ruini, Kasper and George, and Patriarch Teoctist of the Rumanian Orthodox Church: a large icon dedicated to the martyrs of the 20th Century was placed on the high altar, depicting the personal stories of the martyrs studied by the Commission, arranged according to the symbology of the Book of the Revelation. Other objects, belonging to some of the martyrs, are placed in the small side chapels, each dedicated to a specific historical circumstance. from http://www.sanbartolomeo.org/page.aspx?ln=en&id=2