At Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis honored the priests, seminarian and laypeople who were murdered out of hatred for the faith.
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The martyrs to be beatified in the Seville cathedral on Nov. 18 include 10 priests, one seminarian and nine laypeople. All of them were killed out of hatred for the faith in 1936.
The diocesan phase of the processes for those murdered during the religious persecution of the 1930s has concluded. Among the candidates is the priest who hid the body of St. Isidore so that it would not be desecrated.
Although the beatification was approved by Pope Francis in December 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed.
The diocesan phase to study their cause for beatification was opened on July 1, 1999 and concluded on Sept. 28 the same year.
Among the victims of a wave of anticlerical violence were 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians, 2,364 male religious, and 283 female religious.
“Nowadays, people are looking for an explanation; but in those days it was all much simpler: they were Catholics, they were religious, they were ‘curates’ and they had to die.” —Bishop Damián Iguacén
Father Bonet and his companions were truly free men, because they surrendered to the truth that God is.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The attempt by Spain’s socialist government to turn a Spanish Civil War memorial into a civil cemetery is seen by Catholic Spaniards as an attack against the nation’s historical and spiritual roots.
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