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Pope recognises Spanish Civil War martyrs

By on Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Spanish students hold portraits of clergy killed in the Spanish Civil War, during a 2007 beatification ceremony at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Spanish students hold portraits of clergy killed in the Spanish Civil War, during a 2007 beatification ceremony at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis has recognised the martyrdom of 95 men and women who were killed during the Spanish Civil War.

The Pope’s approval of a series of martyrdom decrees has opened the way for their beatification to be scheduled. Proof of a miracle is required before any of the blessed may be canonised.

Among the new martyrs who were killed in the Spanish Civil War, which lasted from 1936 and 1939, there were 66 Marist Brothers, four Discalced Carmelites, four Sister Servants of Mary, two laymen and a diocesan priest.

The Pope also approved four other decrees recognising founders of religious orders or associations for having lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and declaring them “venerable.”

The four people who the Pope recognised were Portuguese Bishop Joao de Oliveira Matos Ferreira, 20th century founder of a Catholic association; Italian Father Nicola Mazza, 19th century founder of educational institutes for poor children; Italian Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa, 18th century founder of the monastic Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptoristine Nuns; and Spanish Sister Teresa Toda Juncosa, 19th century founder of the Teresian Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph.

  • PaulF

    Thank God the Spanish martyrs of the 1930s are being recognized.
    Spain has a remarkable history as a Catholic country. Over the centuries it has turned the tide on quite a number of movements that brought the rest of Europe to the brink. Will it turn the tide on the wave of militant secularism currently plunging the whole of Europe in darkness? I wouldn’t put it past them. God is as powerful now as he was then, and then, and then.

  • NatOns

    God is as powerful now as he was then, and then, and then.

    Amen!

  • Donald Link

    And thank God that Pope Francis is not infected with the virus of political correctness. For decades the Catholic Church stood alone against those, especially in the media, that lionized the Republican cause, a motley collection of Communists, Socialists, atheists, and fellow travelers. Even today, organizations like CPB and PBS come down against the Nationalists who literally saved the rest of Europe from going behind the iron curtain. They refuse to credit Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher for their accomplishments because of their disdain for relion and moral principles. It is good that a light still burns somewhere in Europe.