MADRID — Father Josep Guardiet Pujol, known as the “smiling priest,” will be among the 522 Spanish Civil War martyrs to be beatified in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 13.
A pastor of the Catalan parish of Sant Pere de Rubi, Father Pujol was martyred on Aug. 3, 1936, in the northern Spanish town of Sant Cugat del Valles.
“Josep Guardiet Pujol was an exemplary pastor throughout his life and at the time of his martyrdom as well,” Maria Pilar Adin, the postulator of the priest’s cause, told the Spanish bishops’ news agency SIC.
The priest “died forgiving those who killed him,” she said. He pleaded that his killers not shoot two other laymen from the town of Rubi, but they also died with him....READ MORE