Bishop Slain During Muslim Genocide Of Assyrian Christians Declared A Martyr By Pope Francis

Diyarbakir, Turkey — On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malke, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against its Christian minorities.

The decision was made during an Aug. 8 meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Bishop Malke will be beatified Aug. 29 — the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom — during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Lebanon. It is expected that thousands of Syrians and Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State will attend the beatification.