VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked God for the 522 priests, religious and lay martyrs newly beatified in Spain.
“We praise the Lord for their courageous testimony, and we beg for their intercession in freeing the world from every violence,” said Pope Francis.
The martyrs were killed for their faith during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. They join hundreds of other victims of the conflict’s anti-Catholic persecution who have previously been beatified.
The Pope sent a video message to those gathered in Tarragona, Spain, for the Oct. 13 beatification ceremony. He said that he was “one in heart” with those in Spain.