Forty Martyrs

This year, Sunday 25 October marked the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. The Martyrs represent Catholic lay and religious men and women executed for their faith between 1534 and 1680. The Jesuits in Britain Archives are privileged to look after the Martyrs’ Cause archives, a considerable body of work created by the Vice-Postulators of the Cause, which spans over 100 years from the introduction of the Cause in the 19th century to the final...
This Sunday (October 25) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Pope St. Paul VI. Fr Denis Blackledge SJ of Saint Xavier Parish in Liverpool - himself now a Jesuit for 59 years - was present at the celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome - an awe-inspiring occasion, with music sung by the choir of Westminster Cathedral instead of the usual Papal Choir of the Sistine chapel.“We extend Our greeting first of all to Our venerable brother...