The Protestant Echo, away back in July 1903 reckoned that since the rise of the Papacy 50,000,000 people had been put to death in various ways for their religion by the end of the 19th century.
Many of the most horrendous crimes against humanity have been committed by the Church of Rome throughout the history of her existence. Her persecution of Protestants and other 'heretics' is the inevitable result of her belief in the absolute power and infallibility of the Pope. Persecution is the natural outgrowth of these Papal dogmas.
Rome has a long history of terror in our own nation. There were hundreds of Protestant martyrs who lost their lives at the hand of popish rulers in this United Kingdom. There are scores of martyrs sites all over England.
6. In the 30 years between 1540 and 1570 no less than 900,000 Protestants were put to death by Papal authorities in different countries of Europe. During the four-year reign of Pope Paul IV (1555-59), the Inquisition alone killed 150,000. Upon his death the people of Rome assembled at the prison, broke open the doors, releasing 1,700 prisoners and set fire to the building.
7. In England 300 Protestants were burnt in three years by 'Bloody Mary'. Seventeen of these martyrs were burned at Lewes and became known as 'The Lewes Martyrs'.
8. In Paris, on St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572, 30,000 Huguenots [French Protestants] were massacred at the command of Pope Pius V. The Pope so rejoiced at the news of what had taken place that he had a special 'Te Deum' sung and had a medal struck, inscribed with his name and the words 'Strages Ugonotorum', which translates as 'The Slaughter of the Huguenots'.
9. In the Netherlands The Duke of Alva's 'Council of Blood' was responsible for the cruel death of thousands of faithful believers. The Pope had prayed for the success of this crusade and sent the Duke a consecrated hat and sword.
10. During thirty different times of persecutions by the Papal powers against the Waldensians in the Alpine mountains of France and Italy they determinedly kept the faith.
11. History records the horrendous abuses and the executions of the dreaded Papal Inquisition, which spread terror over Europe for 300 years. In Spain alone 31,000 people were burnt alive and 291,000 imprisoned. It is estimated that in the sixteenth century no less than 900,000 Protestant martyrs laid down their lives for Christ.