The Oblate Martyrs Of Laos
Laos presents to Christianity its “Witnesses of the Faith in the 20th century,” 17 men who died as martyrs between 1954 and 1970: a young Laotian priest, 5 priests of the Foreign Missions of Paris, 6 Oblates of Mary Immaculate-an Italian and 5 French, 5 Laotian laymen.
The beatification ceremony for all 17 Martyrs of Laos took place in the city of Vientiane, Laos, on 11 December 2016.
As in times past at Rome or Lyon, the Church was born in Laos from the blood of martyrs.
Father Jean Wauthier has given his life so that the Gospel might bear fruit in Laos.
Extract from the homily of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, OMI, at the Beatification of the 17 Martyrs of Laos.
If “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church”, then we shall surely see the fruit of their spilled blood: in the various places in Laos where they gave up their lives;.
May our 17 Martyrs help us to love and serve others especially the poor and the needy so that God’s justice, peace, and reconciliation may always reign in your beautiful country of Laos.
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