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Martyrs of El Salvador

They Gave their Lives for the Gospel

In Nicaragua, where Maura Clarke first served as a Maryknoll Sister, she was known as “the angel of our land.”  Following an appeal in 1980 by Archbishop Oscar Romero, she came to work in El Salvador.  There, she and her companions worked with refugees – searching out missing people, praying with families of prisoners, burying the dead, and in many other ways showing what Sr. Maura described as “real concern for the victims of injustice in today's world...for the sufferings of the poor and marginated, the non-persons of our human family." These religious women clearly knew the danger facing them. 


Mercy and Mission

All Christians are Missionaries

mercy and missionMercy and mission have a close relationship that calls all Christians to be missionaries who share the joy of the Gospel without trying to force others to believe, Pope Francis said.

The joy that comes from conveying God's love and mercy is "the concrete sign that we have met Jesus."  However, he added, "this does not mean proselytizing. This is making a gift: 'I am giving you what gives me - joy.'"

Referring to the Holy Year which just closed on the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis is a reminded Christians to never tire of feeling the need for God's forgiveness "so that when we are weak his closeness makes us strong and allows us to live our faith with greater joy."