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The Catholic martyrs of the twentieth century : a comprehensive world history
Royal, Robert, 1949-
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New York : Crossroad Pub., [2000]

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x, 430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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"A Crossroad Book."
Miguel Pro and the Mexican tragedy -- In Soviet Russia and its territories -- The terror in Ukraine -- French prodigal son: Charles de Foucauld -- Spanish holocaust -- The Nazi juggernaut -- Martyr for truth: the life and death of Edith Stein -- Saint Maximilian Kolbe and some Polish victims of Nazism -- A brief introduction to the martyrs of Eastern and Central Europe -- The first atheist state: Albania -- A steady light in Lithuania -- The Calvary of Romania -- Murder in the cathedral: Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador and some Latin American martyrs -- General introduction to the Asian martyrs -- Chinese carnage -- Korea's death march -- The spirit in Vietnam -- Out of Africa -- Conclusion: memory, communion, hope.
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BR1608.5 .R68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A comprehensive history of 20th century martyrs. The book traces the specific situation of each area and time when martyrdom occured, and studies the political systems and the reasons for confrontation. A collection of biographies is woven into the text.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Although an abundance of literature devoted to the lives and deaths of historical martyrs exists, scant attention has been paid to Catholic martyrs of the twentieth century. Estimating that approximately one million of the faithful have been martyred over the past 100 years, Royal attempts to validate and document these contemporary victims. Citing the antireligious nature of many modern regimes, he traces both the origins and the results of a relatively recent form of brutal, technologically enhanced religious persecution that has culminated in an unprecedented number of mass murders and individual victims. The virtual globalization of anti-Christian sentiment is underscored by the fact that the chapters outlining the atrocities are arranged primarily by nation. An eloquent, painstakingly researched tribute to those ordinary human beings who managed to meet oppression and death with extraordinary dignity, grace, and faith. --Margaret Flanagan

Choice Review

This book fills an important gap in modern cultural and Catholic world history. Royal (Faith & Reason Institute, Washington, DC) presents brief but complete, inspiring but low-key, diverse yet somehow similar stories of the ordinary but heroic men and women, laity and clergy, executed by different but strangely alike religious persecutors in all parts of the world, throughout the 20th century. Its 18 chapters range from Mexico to Spain, eastern Europe to China, Germany to Africa, and beyond. An encyclopedic narrative, it rescues these many martyrs for their faith from our short, anonymous memories influenced by a culture more interested in the future than in the past. Inundated as we are with so much informational trivia, unless we are careful, we can be left ignorant of and even indifferent to the fact that literally thousands of Catholics around the world have been killed, not because of any romantic desire for grand gestures, but simply because, when push came to shove, they could do no other than, in all quietness and integrity, put God before all else. Recommended for all libraries; all readership levels. R. W. Rousseau; University of Scranton