April 10th marks the anniversary of Franciscan Friar Diego Bedoya. Aged just 35 he was one of 23 Catholic pastoral care workers killed worldwide in 2017. These martyrs included 13 priests, 1 brother, 1 religious sister and 8 lay people.
Many lived and worked caring for people living in poverty, helping children and supporting development and faith projects. Most were victims of theft. All died violently.
In this Holy season of Eastertide, we renew our confidence in the new life born from Christ’s resurrection and seeds of faith sown by selfless acts of love and sacrifice. Please join us giving thanks for the work and witness of these, our sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace. Amen.
You can read about all 23 mission martyrs in our latest edition on Mission Today. Click here to download a copy.