$31,352 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Italian seminarian, martyred by Communists, beatified

Catholic World News - October 07, 2013

Rolando Rivi (1931-45), a seminarian who was kidnapped, beaten for three days, and killed by Italian Communists, was beatified as a martyr at the sports stadium in the north-central Italian city of Modena on October 5.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification, which 5,500 attended, according to La Nuova Prima Pagina, a local newspaper.

Blessed Rivi was “guilty only of wearing a cassock in that period of violence unleashed against the clergy,” Pope Francis said following his October 6 Angelus address. “Let us thank God for this young martyr, a heroic witness of the Gospel. And how many youth of 14 years today have before their eyes this example: a courageous youth who knew where he was going, who knew the love of Jesus in his heart and gave his life for Him. A fine example for the youth!”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($114,911 to go):
$150,000.00 $35,088.98
77% 23%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 07, 2013 10:35 AM ET USA

    This is what death is all about... more than "human rights" violations and even "persecution" of the Church. We have to stop looking on "death" as an evil to be purged and much more as a sure means to attain glory. JP

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 15 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6