Religion News: Polish martyr beatified

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish priest tortured and killed in 1984 by the country’s communist secret police, was beatified recently in Warsaw.

According to wire reports, the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office led the Mass. The priest’s mother, sister and brothers joined 120 bishops, 1,600 priests and 140,000 other attendees.

A declaration from Pope Benedict XVI blessed Popieluszko for his martyrdom. Popieluszko was a leader against communism and offered Mass during repression under martial law in the 1980s.

Pope Benedict declared Popieluszko a martyr in December, which made way for his beatification. For Popieluszko to become a saint, he will have to be linked to proven cases of miracles.

This Week in Religion

On June 11, 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burned himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

On June 14, 1648, Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony.

Survey Says

A survey of more than 25,000 people in 19 African nations found that Africans generally rank unemployment, crime and corruption as bigger problems than religious conflict.

However, substantial numbers of people (including nearly six-in-ten Nigerians and Rwandans) say religious conflict is a very big problem in their country.

-- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

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Get to Know … Saint Barnabas

Saint Barnabas, born Joseph, was an early Christian convert and is thought to be one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem.

Barnabas was one of the Children of Israel, specifically a Levite. Named an apostle in Acts 14:14, he and Saint Paul undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the demands of stricter church leaders.

Barnabas' story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles.

Martyred at Salamis, Cyprus, in AD 61, he is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church and venerated as the Patron Saint of Cyprus.

His feast day is celebrated June 11.

The Word

Inerrant: When applied to a sacred text like the Bible, inerrancy is the belief that, as originally written, its contents are infallible, totally free of error and totally authoritative. –

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Afghanistan

Sunni Muslim: 80 percent

Shia Muslim: 19 percent

Other: 1 percent

- CIA Factbook

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