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Pope Francis Creates Vatican ‘Commission of New Martyrs’ to Collect Stories of Christians Killed Since 2000…

The pope referenced St. John Paul II’s 1994 apostolic letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, which said that “everything must be done so that the legacy of the cloud of ‘unknown soldiers of the great cause of God’ is not lost.”

“In a world in which it sometimes seems that evil prevails, I am certain,” he said, “that the elaboration of this catalog, also in the context of the now upcoming Jubilee, will help believers to also read our time in the light of Easter, drawing from the treasure chest of such generous faithfulness to Christ the reasons for life and goodness.”

The new commission is headed by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints; and Archbishop Fabio Fabene, secretary of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints.

Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio, is the commission’s vice president and the secretary is Father Marco Gnavi, pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary in Trastevere and secretary of the 2000 commission.

The members are Missionary of Africa Father Dominique Arnauld; Father Kokou Mawuena Ambroise Atakpa; Adorers of the Blood of Christ Superior General Sister Nadia Coppa; Professors Gianni La Bella, Maria Lupi, and Father Roberto Regoli; Conventual Franciscan Father Dinh Anh Nhue Nguyen; Deacon Didier Rance; Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa Abascal.

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Father Angelo Romano is also a member. Romano is the rector of the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine in Rome to the new martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries, and a collaborator of the Sant’Egidio Community.

This story was updated at 6:25 am MDT with the names of the commission members.

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