Wednesday, December 16, 2015
6:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST
Please join Cardinal Donald Wuerl for a book signing and discussion of Christian persecution. Books will be available for purchase.
Christian persecution is so widespread that Pope Francis has called it a “third world war, waged piecemeal, a form of genocide.” Cardinal Donald Wuerl raises awareness and urges solidarity with suffering Christians in his latest work, To the Martyrs: A Reflection on the Supreme Christian Witness. “Martyrdom may be constant, and it may be inevitable,” His Eminence writes, “but that does not mean we should allow it to take place without consequence.”
In To the Martyrs, Cardinal Wuerl recounts the experience of martyrdom in the life of the Church, from the apostolic age to today. Through various periods of persecution throughout the world, one thing remains the same: “Martyrdom is the most vivid and credible summary of the Gospel.” To the Martyrs challenges all Christians to courageously emulate the steadfast commitment of those who have followed Christ—even unto death.
His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington, DC. He serves on numerous Vatican Congregations and Pontifical Councils including the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and on various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. During his decades-long ministry as a priest, bishop, and cardinal, His Eminence has had the privilege of working with refugees and other Christians who suffer religious persecution. Among his many books an early one was entitled, “The Forty English Martyrs”.
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