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.

  • The Butterfly

    And he never once used air conditioning.

  • simus1

    Ah, Bishop Malke was martyred a century ago by the “Ottoman Empire”, not just by a bunch of malevolent muslim filth eagerly awaiting the start signal. Good to know.
    What about yesterday’s Christian martyrs in Syria and the ones from the day before that?
    Could the flunkies of this disgusting man be so bold as to use regular routine business as some sort of hint that he has more than empty words on offer in the future for those advised to stand fast, pray, and die by the murder’s hand ?

  • Pope Francis must recognise that the same forces that martyred (soon-to-be) Blessed Flavien-Michel Malke are the same ones who martyr other Christians now.

    He is also being beatified on the same feast day as Saint John the Baptist.