Jose Thi Dang Le, of Ke Van, Vietnam, attained the rank of a captain in the army of the Vietnamese emperor, Tu Duc. As a Catholic, Jose stood in great danger from the ongoing persecution of Christians promulgated by the emperor. This situation prompted Jose to resign from the military in August of 1859. On January 17, 1860, the emperor issued a further decree against Catholics, condemning Christianity for “luring people into illusion and ignorance.” Twelve days later, Jose was arrested with other Catholic soldiers, whom he encouraged to persevere as they faced imprisonment and torture. Shortly before going to his execution on October 24, Jose was able to receive the last sacraments. Moreover, upon arriving at the execution site, he was given absolution by a priest hiding amid the crowd of spectators. After praying at length on his knees, Jose suffered death by strangulation. A robber whom Jose had converted to the Catholic faith while the two were in prison together was executed with him.
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Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
For those of us who think that the faith and zeal of the early Christians died out as the Church grew more safe and powerful through the centuries, the martyrs of Uganda are a reminder that ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes