Sixty Vincentians martyred during Spanish Civil War to be beatified

Madrid, Spain, Nov 4, 2017 / 06:01 am (ACI Prensa).- Next Saturday 60 members of the Vincentian Order who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War will be beatified at a Mass in Madrid, a “celebration of hope, faith and forgiveness.”

“The grace experienced by these martyrs is impossible to understand without faith,” said Sister Angeles Infante, a Daughter of Charity who is postulator of the cause for beatification. She praised the martyrs’ “faithfulness to the Vincentian charism, giving their lives, the greatest treasure they had, for Christ.”

The Nov. 11 Mass of Beatification at the Palacio Vistalegre will be a celebration of hope because “these martyrs believed in the beatitudes and their martyrdom summed them all up.”

“It ‘s not a violent death that makes you a martyr, but the cause you die for, which is Christ. They gave their lives for God, embodying the faith through their witness, forgiving and asking their families to forgive,” the postulator said.

Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid, who will celebrate the Mass, said that “these 60 martyrs gave their lives out of love. They died loving and forgiving, demonstrating a wisdom which comes from above, not taking sides in the conflict or getting involved in the civil unrest, but having a wisdom which came from Jesus Christ.”

“A human being’s weapons are not hatred or rancor but those of Jesus Christ: the love which engenders life and not death.”

He also emphasized that these 60 martyrs are a model “more timely than ever because they led the life of God which is always relevant,” especially during “times in history when it seems hard  for us to  forgive. That’s why it’s good to remember people like these, people who don’t destroy but forgive instead, who give their lives not for an idea, but for a person: Jesus Christ.”

Those being beatified are Vicente Queralt Lloret and 20 companions, and José Maria Fernández Sanchez and 38 companions. They were killed in 1936 and 1937 by Republican forces.

Thousands of priests and religious, accompanied by laity, were martyred during Spain’s civil war. More than 1,800 have already been beatified, and several have been canonized.


This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA

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  1. At the Angelicum I discovered a photographic history of the Spanish Civil War. Struck by the brutality. The distorted faces of Catholics on the way to Mass shot close range in the face by high powered rifles. Fellow Spaniards filled with Satanic hatred fueled by Communists and supplied and supported by Western democracies. Some priests were forced to dig their graves then buried alive. All Catholic religious and clerics were targeted by Republicans. America still considers Francisco Franco a fascist villain. E Hemingway glorified the Republicans and wrote great books on the war. Franco saved Spain. Since Franco’s death a leftist Govt is in moral disarray bankrupt financially. Even the Church in Spain is falling over itself in obeisance to a left leaning Pontiff who wouldn’t consider the el Caudillo a Catholic. Franco still is impugned by Catholic historians. Most are entirely ignorant. Josef Seifert would not have been fired by an Archbishop in Franco’s Spain. He was summarily dismissed under the regime of an increasing liberal secular humanist Spanish Church encouraged, at times intimidated by this Pontiff.

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