This is Harvington Hall, outside Birmingham, which I recently visited: a recusant home, where priests were sheltered from the government and where no priest was ever taken captive. This article from the blog Supremacy and Survival mentions mentions a May 2014 entry from the BBC History magazine. As we commemorate in these days the martyrdom of S. John Wall (the Franciscan priest who worked in the Midlands), it seems interesting to note that not all of the ‘hides’ built by such engineers as S. Nicholas Owen to hide Catholic priests from the authorities in the time of Queen Elizabeth have been found.
…and we start to realise that what is happening today, shocking though it be, is not new at all. This is S. Bartholomew, one of the Twelve, the inner circle of the disciples of Christ, sent out as an Apostle. His mandate was India but he returned to Armenia. His success there with making new converts to the Faith led to his being skinned alive and then beheaded.
Another random video. Highly detailed and rather long (an hour and a half), so beware.
…that there is a systematic extermination of Christians in the middle East, wherever such a thing is possible. The word for this type of attack on a whole people is ‘genocide.’ Pray for our people, hideously persecuted.