Blessed James Berthieu
James Berthieu was born in 1838 in France. He was ordained a priest in 1864. In 1875 left for Madagascar where he spent the rest of his life. He worked amongst the local people – serving them and helping to grow the faith.#
In 1896 a group attacked the village where he worked, arrested him, beat him up and demanded that he renounce his faith. James refused and so one night whilst he prayed he was shot and killed.
This week let us pray for all people who are persecuted because of their faith and pray for an increase in religious tolerance and understanding.