Cause for canonization of priests assassinated during Argentine dictatorship under consideration
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Three priests of Irish origin and two Spanish seminarians assassinated during the Argentine military dictatorship could be raised to the altars if the cause that has been initiated by the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires proves they died for the faith. Pedro Dufau, Alfredo Leaden and Alfie Kelly, all three priests from Ireland, and seminarians Salvador Barbeito and Emilio Barletti of Spain, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on July 4, 1976, at St. Patrick’s Parish.

Although the perpetrators of the crime were never officially discovered, local officials said members of the military were responsible for the killings.

The cause for canonization has been requested by members of the religious order to which the five men belonged, in order to prove that they died martyrs.  Father Cesar Sturba, who is in charge of the ecclesiastical investigation, told the EFE news agency that “the canonization petition was made years ago, but the Archbishop has decided to authorize it now so that it does not become a historic case,” that is, one that has begun thirty years after the death of the person in question, thus falling under stricter requirements.

In addition to gathering testimonies from those who knew them, Father Sturba explained that it must be established that they have not received public veneration until now. “Its obvious that the process is arduous and could take many years, but the most important thing is that the first steps are now being taken,” he said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 30, 2015

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:26-34


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:26-34