Belleville, IL: Some 350 Hmong, Kmhmu, Lao and Karen Catholics gathered here to relive and celebrate the lives of the 17 martyrs of their native country Laos with gratitude and in thanksgiving for their exemplary lives of faith.
Recalling the work of collecting the living testimony of the martyrs, Jacques summarized that the story of the life and death of the 17 men took place during the turmoil of world history which, after World War II, saw nations of East and Southeast Asia fall into the hands of communism. These men heroically remained faithful to their pastoral assignments, faithful to the end to Jesus Christ, to church directives and to the ordinary people of God entrusted to their care. Between 1954 and 1970, they were killed “out of hatred for the faith.”
After completing his research, he submitted the documents to the Vatican. In return, he received 230 pages of questions to verify the martyrdom.