- Jul 8, 2020
Pope Francis Wednesday called for prayer that “by contemplating the martyrs of the past and present, we may live a full life, accepting the martyrdom in daily fidelity to the Gospel and conformity to Christ.”
Five Iraqis killed by Islamic militants will have their causes presented to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints in early September.
Known locally as the Martires Riojanos, the four martyrs of Argentina’s “Dirty War” are Bishop Enrique Angelelli, Fathers Carlos de Dios Murias and Gabriel Longueville, and layman Wenceslao Pedernera.
Bishop Enrique Angelelli Carletti, two priests — Conventual Franciscan Father Gabriel Longueville and Father Carlos de Dios Murias — and Wenceslao Pedernera, a pastoral worker, will be beatified on April 27. They are the Martyrs of La Rioja, victims of Argentina’s military regime in the 1970s.
Ahead of his May 31-June 2 trip to Romania, Pope Francis on March 19 officially recognized seven Romanian Greek Catholic bishops killed under the country’s communist regime as martyrs.
The Archdiocese of Rouen concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass.