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The Deacon's Bench

We continue to live in an age of martyrdom. That much seems clear from this succinct report by CWN:

At least 21 Catholic priests, deacons, religious, and seminarians died for the faith in 2007, the Fides news service reports.

Each year Fides, an arm of the Congregation for Evangelization, compiles a full list of the Church workers who are killed while serving the Gospel, particularly in missionary territories. The preliminary list includes 21 names– not accounting for lay workers.

The largest toll of clerics and religious who died for the faith came in Asia, where 4 priests, 3 deacons, and 1 seminarian were killed this year.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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