Christus Vivit 59: Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Pope Francis looks to sub-Saharan Africa for an example of saintliness in the young:

59. Blessed Isidore Bakanja was a layman from the Congo who bore witness to his faith. He was tortured at length for having proposed Christianity to other young people. Forgiving his executioner, Isidore died in 1909.

It is interesting to note that Isidore’s persecutors were not Africans, but Europeans. Check a brief, but informative essay here on this victim of racism, colonialism, inter-Christian bitterness, and how unchecked capitalism becomes exploitation.

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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