Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, & every other man has a right to knock him down for it…

…Martyrdom is the test – Samuel Johnson

“From the perspective of Christianity martyrdom, as I understand it, refers to one “… who was killed for maintaining a religious belief, knowing that this will almost certainly result in imminent death (though without intentionally seeking death).” A very lengthy list of children and adolescents beatified and venerated as saints and martyrs by the Roman Catholic Church includes the names of children who died along with their parents who maintained their Christian faith, knowing in doing so they risked death. One particularly poignant and horrifying example is that of Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their six children: Stanisława, age 8, Barbara, age 7, Władysław, age 6, Franciszek, age 4, Antoni, age 3 and Maria, age 2.

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