In many societies today, the utterance of a simple phrase, “I am a Christian,” is a crime punishable by death. So universal is this persecution that Pope Francis called it a “third world war, waged piecemeal . . . a form of genocide.”
In To the Martyrs: A Reflection on the Supreme Christian Witness, Cardinal Donald Wuerl urges solidarity with today’s persecuted Christians and relates the recurrence of martyrdom throughout Church history. His Eminence’s poignant insight into the spirituality of martyrdom will challenge all Christians to courageously imitate the steadfast commitment of those who have followed Christ—even unto death.