One of Pope Benedict XVI’s last acts: canonizing 800 Christian martyrs murdered by Muslims

A quiet and subtle acknowledgment of the escalating worldwide phenomenon of the Muslim persecution of Christians today? “Pope Canonizes Otranto Christian Martyrs Slayed [sic] by Muslim Turks,” from Enza Ferreri, February 13:

Pope Benedetto XVI announced that he will leave his ministry at 8pm on February 28.

He made this announcement during a consistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto beheaded one by one by the Ottoman Turks.

Antonio Primaldo and his companions, 800 Christians, were murdered for hatred of their faith by Muslims during the Turkish siege of the town of Otranto, in South-East Italy, on August 13, 1480.

As the Qu’ran [sic] commands, these infidels were offered the choice to convert to Islam or be slayed [sic]. When they refused, the martyrs of Otranto were massacred.

The Qu’ran [sic] is obeyed and applied in the same way now as it was in 1480. The only difference between now and then is in the power and military force Muslim armies had then but now now. Let’s make sure that it remains this way in the West….

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  1. says


    Pope Benedict, how does talking about BEHEADED CHRISTIANS help DIALOGUE WITH MUSLIMS???

    Bishop of Worcester, follow suit.

  2. says

    I would suggest that doing it NOW is highly desirable…. And any others who were similarly butchered should also be remembered in every possible way…. Italian, French, German, Polish, and all others. It would help deflate the lie that islam is NOT an aggressive and oppressive cult, and confirm that it is NOT a religion.

  3. says

    Something to bear in mind: these guys were bravely martyred, at the end.

    But before that point, they and their entire city and every last citizen in it fought like *tigers*.

    The Mohammedans didn’t get Otranto without a *huge* fight.

    The martyrs of Otranto were not pacifists. When the Mohammedan army marched up to their city, they [the citizens of Otranto] didn’t meekly open the gates and let them in and wait quietly to be killed; instead, they FOUGHT.

    They FOUGHT, every inch of the way.

    Then, when they were overwhelmed, and their city was taken, and they were made prisoners of war, and told to convert to Islam, they refused to surrender: they stubbornly held to their Catholic faith, and were just as loyal to Christ as they had been to their patria.

    They betrayed neither.

  4. says

    Good work Benedict!_ I personally hope that his successor(whoever he may be) will advance the cause of beatification and canonization of the following holy men and women who died at he hands of Islamists( Franciscan Father Mychal Judge, FDNY chaplain killed on 9/11, that Italian nun murdered in Somalia after his Regensburg speech and Pakistan’s Minister for Minority affairs)-and to hell with the media dhimmi whining about “Islamophobia”( shades of “anti-Sovietism” during the Cold War)!


  5. says

    The Church holds up the saints as inspiration for faith in God during hard times. The Church is holding up these martyrs for the Faith at a time when a global jihad threatens the whole world with an eventual convert to Islam or die ultimatum. We can either fast, pray, and obtain the grace to fight back like Esther, refuse to deny Christ at the moment of truth like these martyrs, or give in and sell out and be dhimmis. May we not give in to diabolical hatred and deny God.

  6. says

    On July 28, 1480, an Ottoman fleet of 128 ships of which 28 were galleys arrived near the Neapolitan city of Otranto in the region Apulia. Possibly these troops came from the siege of Rhodes. On July 29 the garrison and the citizens retreated to the citadel, the Castle of Otranto. On 11 August this was taken by the invaders.
    According to Christian historiography a raid was held to round up all male citizens. Archbishop Stefano Agricoli and others were killed in the cathedral, while Bishop Stephen Pendinelli and the garrison commander, count Francesco Zurlo, were sawed in two alive. On August 12, the citizens who refused to convert to Islam were taken to the Hill of the Minerva and beheaded. These 813 victims are to be canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church in October 2013. Some of the remains of the martyrs are today stored in Otranto cathedral and in the church of Santa Caterina a Formiello in Naples. The cathedral is said to have been used as a stable after that.

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