Beatification process opened for 16 Spanish martyrs

.- The Archdiocese of Barcelona has announced that Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach will preside at a ceremony this Thursday opening the cause of beatification of 16 religious and laypeople who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War of 1936.

The causes to be opened include those of Father Teodoro Illera del Olmo and eight companions of the Congregation of St. Peter in Chains, as well as the lay people Eliseo Maravillo Garcia, Camilia Diez Blanco, and Gregori Diez Blanco.

The cases several religious will also be opened, including that of Sister Carlota Duque Alonso, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts and Sister Andrea Solans Ballestar along with two companions of the Institute of the Capuchin Sisters of the Divine Shepherd.

During the ceremony, Archbishop Sistach will appoint a panel that will take care of the causes and will approve the list of testimonies to be heard during the process.

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