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Were Christians Killed in the Roman Colosseum?

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2021

Screen Shot 2021-02-08 at 8.32.23 AMMost guides today in Rome will give you an instant and ready reply, “No, Christians were not killed in the Roman Colosseum! ” Of course I heard the exact opposite when I first went to Rome multiple times in the 1980’s.

St. Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in the colosseum, three hundred yards from his bones today in the Church of San Clemente.

Liz Lev is not only a dear friend but also an expert on anything Rome, especially Christian history and art. Tune in tonight to hear her lecture “Were there Marytyrs in the Colosseum? Context and Confusion regarding Early Christian Persecution.” You won’t be disappointed.


external-content.duckduckgoI have heard the brief version of this lecture many times inside the colosseum with our groups with Liz as our guide. In the middle of the tour through the colosseum I always yell out the question, “We Christians really killed here? Tell us the real story Liz.”

Now you can enjoy the full answer for yourself. And since tour guides are out of work right now, feel free to drop off a donation to a very good cause: Donations.

Come and Discover whether this monument surrounded by many mysteries and legends was ever witness to the execution of Christians.

Sign up HERE for tomorrow, February 8th, at 12pm ET (6pm Italy) and follow Liz Lev through the historical records of the world’s most famous amphitheater.



Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 9.11.41 AMHere is my new talk on St. Joseph given at a Men’s Conference in March 2020. It is an hour talk on MP3 entitled “Joseph: Manly Man & Chosen Father.”

This talk will give men a whole new image of this rugged saint who in some ways was just an “average Joe.”

“We often see St. Joseph holding flowers in his lotion-soft hands. But this is not the real Joseph, the stonemason and rugged Jew chosen by God to be the legal father of his Son Jesus.

“Though he was a real man struggling with the same things all other men face, he stayed true to the Law and obedience to God. Joseph is the ideal image of the strong silent type, righteous and true.

“Walk a day in the sandals of St. Joseph and see the kind of man and father we should be.” 

My lively “St. Joseph Show” on Relevant Radio HERE.


Missionary Catholic bishop who toiled in the heart of Islam dies on Easter Sunday


Aid to the Church in Need. John Pontifex-ACN | Apr 20, 2020

Bishop Camillo Ballin wore his cassock and cross even in parts of the Persian Gulf where symbols of Christian faith are not welcome or banned.

Abishop who died on Easter Sunday after a lifetime of ministry in some of the most difficult places in which to be a Christian, has been praised for his “courageous and dynamic apostolate in the heart of Islam.”Comboni Missionary Bishop Camillo Ballin, who died on April 12 at age 75 after a long illness, ministered across the Middle East before being appointed the first ever Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, covering Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Paying tribute to the bishop, Father Andrzej Halemba, Middle East projects coordinator for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), said: “His was a very courageous and dynamic apostolate in the heart of Islam.”

For the whole article, click HERE.