Pope Benedict spoke about martyrdom today in his words before praying the noonday Angelus. This followed the beatification mass of 498 martyrs from the Spanish Civil War.
Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification mass in St. Peter's Square. I will look for an English translation of the homily and post a link to it here later. Meanwhile, it will be re-broadcast on EWTN at 9:00 a.m. Pacific/12:00 noon Eastern/6:00 p.m. Rome (about half an hour from now). I will do a separate post about the beatification later.
The Pope spoke about the possibility of martyrdom is "a realistic eventuality for the entire Christian people." It is not always a bloody martyrdom like that of the 498 martyrs beatified today. For some, like Celina Chludzińska Borzźcka who was beatified yesterday, it is "a bloodless martyrdom" of living the Gospel. Here is a quote from his words to English-speaking pilgrims:
"The Gospel invites us to leave aside all arrogance and pride, and to walk in humility before God and with our neighbour.
"The Beatifications today remind us of the importance of humbly following our Lord even to the point of offering our lives for the faith."