Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Blessed Brits

The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales are a group of Christians canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI to represent the Catholics martyred in England and Wales between 1535 and 1679. They include Edmund Campion, an English Jesuit priest who was executed by Queen Elizabeth I for refusing to reject the Catholic faith, and Ambrose Barlow who was hanged, dismembered, quartered and boiled in oil during the reign of Charles I. His head was later displayed on a pike. If Newman were to be canonised it would make him the first non-martyred British saint since St Thomas de Cantilupe of Hereford, who died in 1282.

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