Since becoming the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, Pope Francis has frequently honored Christians suffering and even dying for their faith in recent times. Now Francis has reached back in history and honored martyrs, as the pontiff recently proclaimed 35 new saints — almost all of them martyrs.


Along with 30 martyrs who suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 in Brazil, three indigenous children in Mexico, ages 12 and 13, were proclaimed saints after they were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounced their faith. The saints were proclaimed during a mass in St. Peter’s Square, which was attended by almost 35,000 people.


Francis said the new saints were “shining witnesses to the Gospel.”


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STUDY SAYS


Christian refugees outnumber Muslims to U.S.


According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Christian refugees have outnumbered Muslim refugees who have come to the U.S. in the last 15 years. The report found that 47 percent of refugee arrivals into the U.S. in 2017 were Christians, while 43 percent were Muslim refugees.


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GOOD BOOK?


“MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion” by Hank Hanegraaff


For all the debate over Islam and its growing presence in the world, one thing is often overlooked: Islam is not a religion in the sanitized Western sense. It is, in contrast, an all-encompassing sociopolitical legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. While there may be millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, many of them our neighbors, Islam itself is hardly peaceful and tolerant. In “MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest Growing Religion,” Hank Hanegraaff not only outlines the problems inaccessible and memorable fashion but moves toward potential solutions in the clash of civilizations.


— Thomas Nelson


THE WORD


Rapture: In Christian eschatology, a term used to describe the sudden transportation of true Christians into heaven before other events associated with the end of the world take place.


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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Belize is:


— Roman Catholic: 40.1 percent


— Protestant: 31.5 percent


— Jehovah’s Witness: 1.7 percent


— Other: 10.5 percent


— Unspecified: 0.6 percent


— None: 15.5 percent