Martyred Syrian Bishop to Be Beatified

Catholic Herald: Bishop Melki, who was martyred during the Assyrian Genocide, will soon be ‘blessed’.

The bishop was killed in Gazarta during the sayfo – “putting to the sword” – of Syrians in 1915, after he refused to convert to Islam.

Earlier in August, Pope Francis approved Melki’s beatification after he determined that Melki was killed in hatred of the faith.

The bishop will be beatified in Lebanon on Saturday, August 29 – the centenary of his martyrdom. Read more here.