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Pope Francis Set to Canonize 800 Christians Slaughtered By Muslims in Otranto
Gateway Pundit ^ | May 2, 2013 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 05/02/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Otranto Cathedral was consecrated in 1088. In August 1480, clergy and survivors of the Ottoman siege of Otranto took refuge in the cathedral – the Ottoman force eventually broke in and killed those inside, turning the church into a stable or a mosque and destroying its 13th century frescoes. After Otranto was retaken in 1481 by a force under Alfonso V of Aragon it was turned back into a church and heavily rebuilt to house the relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who had been executed after the 1480 siege. Behind the chapel’s altar is the ‘stone of martyrdom’, traditionally held to be that used to behead the martyrs. On August 12, 1480, 800 citizens were taken to the hill of Minerva, now called the Hill of the Martyrs, and beheaded because they refused to renounce their Catholic faith. Their remains were taken to the cathedral and the skulls preserved in the altar piece as a prominent reminder of these 800 martyrs.

Pope Francis is set to canonize 800 Christians who refused to denounce their faith and were slaughtered by Muslims in Otranto, Italy.

The Catholic Herald reported, via Jihad Watch:

Pope Francis is preparing to canonise an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century. The canonisation service will be on May 12 in St Peter’s Square and it will be the first carried out by the Pontiff since he was elected in early March.

The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480.

When Otranto residents refused to surrender to the Ottoman army, the soldiers were ordered to massacre all males over the age of 15.....

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TOPICS: Catholic; History; Islam; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: alfredomantovano; antonioprimaldo; catholics; constantinople; crusades; imperialists; islam; italy; jihad; kingofnaples; martyrs; otranto; popefrancis; sultanmohammedii; turkey; waronterror
SLAP!!
1 posted on 05/02/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Islam hasn’t changed. Too bad we can’t say the same for Christianity.


2 posted on 05/02/2013 7:58:04 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

oooooooo, odumbo isn’t gonna like that....


3 posted on 05/02/2013 8:03:26 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Offended muslims to scream oppression in 5 4 3 2....


4 posted on 05/02/2013 8:04:28 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This decision of Pope Francis to canonize 800 Christians who died as martyrs to Islamic attack is sending a message to the Muslims what TRUE MARTYRDOM is and it is NOT putting on a bomb vest, hijacking an airplane or making bombs out of pressure cookers, PERIOD.


5 posted on 05/02/2013 8:05:42 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: txrefugee

GEEZ! He just crapped all over somebody’s birthday cake.


6 posted on 05/02/2013 8:06:09 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This decision is preaching the Gospel of Jesus by action and exposing the sins of Islamofacism just as Pope Benedict put it in words a couple of years ago.


7 posted on 05/02/2013 8:07:25 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The respect that I have for this man is growing exponentially.


8 posted on 05/02/2013 8:10:24 AM PDT by MWestMom ( "I will not sit quietly and let [the president] shed the constitution." Senator Rand Paul)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Also sends a mesage to Obama that he cannot live in denial in regards to Muslims and Islam.


9 posted on 05/02/2013 8:23:38 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For a second there I was wondering when the heck a bunch of Christians were slaughtered in Ontario.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 8:27:33 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan
For a second there I was wondering when the heck a bunch of Christians were slaughtered in Ontario.

I live in Ontario and at first glance that was my thought too ;)
11 posted on 05/02/2013 8:32:03 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I think this Pope may rattle quite a few before he is called home.Hopefully he will soon take firm steps regarding the clergy who have strayed far from Jesus; teaching.

It is my thought that the watered down church of recent decades is weak and unattractive to people ,not unlike political parties that have abandoned the old standards for inclusiveness.


12 posted on 05/02/2013 8:40:01 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God bless Pope Frances.


13 posted on 05/02/2013 8:43:17 AM PDT by dragonblustar (If only conservatives were as militant as liberals, this country would be fine.)
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To: hoosierham

I left Catjholocism when it forgot it’s teachings and will gladly come back when it remembers them.


14 posted on 05/02/2013 8:44:56 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’re not Muslims - they are Ottomans - it sez so right in the article. In fact I didn’t read Muslin or Islam at all... /sarc


15 posted on 05/02/2013 8:55:11 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Norm Lenhart
I left Catjholocism when it forgot it’s teachings and will gladly come back when it remembers them.

Expect a personal phone call from the Pope begging you to return at any time now... /sarc

16 posted on 05/02/2013 8:56:47 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Not looking for one. He is busy enough as it is.


17 posted on 05/02/2013 9:11:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Where did you go that was better?


18 posted on 05/02/2013 9:25:36 AM PDT by married21
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To: married21

The Bible. It didn’t change.


19 posted on 05/02/2013 9:32:01 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
They are coming back. And so might you since you will always be a Catholic if you were baptized in the Catholic Church!



20 posted on 05/02/2013 5:01:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Last Dakotan
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21 posted on 05/02/2013 5:02:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Norm Lenhart

But the Protestants changed the Bible. You have the real Bible in the Catholic Church. They got it from us!


22 posted on 05/02/2013 5:04:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
But the Protestants changed the Bible. You have the real Bible in the Catholic Church. They got it from us!

Well post a spam of links to prove somebody the past two thousand years said this. Christ was a 'protester' of and from the 'religious' community... look what they did to Him.

23 posted on 05/02/2013 5:10:04 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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