Laos: 15 martyrs beatified
December 12, 2016
An Italian missionary, a Laotian catechist, and 13 others slain out of hatred for the faith in Laos between 1954 and 1970 were beatified in Vientiane, Laos, on December 11.
“Their heroic fidelity to Christ can be an encouragement and example to missionaries, especially catechists, who in mission lands play a valuable and irreplaceable apostolic role, for which the entire Church is grateful,” Pope Francis said later that day in reference to Father Mario Borzaga, OMI (1932-60), Paul Thoj Xyooj, and their companions.
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