Pope Benedict also said today:
"The 20th century was a time of martyrdom. Pope John Paul II highlighted it clearly, asking the Church to 'actualize the Martyrology' and canonized and beatified numerous martyrs of recent history. Therefore, the blood of martyrs is the seed of new Christians, especially there where it has suffered most for the faith and the testimony of the Gospel. "
Right at the beginning of his papacy, Benedict is already talking about martyrdom. Considering all the martyrs of the past century gives good grounds for hoping that the new evangelization will bear much fruit.