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Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes (AP)

Cardinal Angelo Amato presides over beatification mass in Tarragona

Cardinal Angelo Amato said the murder of Father Miroslav Bulesic was "particularly loathsome" (CNS)

Father Miroslav Bulesic was murdered by Communists amid upheaval after World War Two

Mgr Vladimir Ghika helped restore France's ties with the Holy See (Photo: CNS)

Mgr Vladimir Ghika died after three years of imprisonment

A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

People view relics of the martyrs in the Cathedral of Otranto (Photo: CNS)

Pope’s first canonisation will recognise Blessed Antonio Primaldo and the townsfolk of Otranto

Pope Francis (AP)

The way has been prepared for the beatification of Italian, Romanian and Hungarian priests

The Château de Compiègne

The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compiègne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the Revolution

Tyburn Nuns at a monastery at Largs on the west coast of Scotland

The Tyburn Tree bears abundant fruit

A new film shows the amazing growth of a contemplative order whose convent stands near the notorious execution spot, says Simon Caldwell

Archbishop Bernard Longley pictured at Harvington Hall           Photo: Peter Jennings

Archbishop Longley recalls martyrs

Archbishop of Birmingham celebrates Mass at the Shrine of the English Martyrs at Harvington Hall, Worcestershire

Étienne Comar, left, is pictured with actor Lambert Wilson, who plays Christian de Chergé, the prior of the monks of Tibhirine (Imagenet/AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

‘We tried to portray their humanity’

Anna Arco talks to the writer behind the haunting tale of seven Trappist monks murdered in Algeria