New martyrs of the Company and Vincentian Family in Spain

martires espanol 21[Spain] Last Thursday, the 1st of December, Pope Francis recognized the “martyrdom” of 21 Spaniards who were murdered during the Spanish Civilian War (1936-1939) who will be beatified. These 21 Spaniards belong to what it is called the “Process of Valencia”, which is to say the cause of beatification presented by the Diocese of Valencia. It started the 5th of May 1960 under the presidency of the then Archbishop Marcelino Olaechea Loizaga. Most of them belong to the Vincentian Family.

The first on the list Fr. Vicente Queralt Lloret, priest of the Congregation of the Mission born in Barcelona 1894 and he was captured and murdered the 30th of November 1936. Along with him were his six companions of the Congregation of the Mission, two Daughters of Charity, Sister Toribia Marticorena Sola and Sister Dorinda Sotelo Rodríguez, seven lay members of the Association of Children of Mary of the Miraculous Medal (six from Cartagena and one from Valencia) and five diocesan priests.

The declaration of martyrdom for this witness of the Faith is an example for our way of Faith and an invitation to take them on as intercessors.

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