Cordoba, Spain, Mar 22, 2021 / 18:01 pm
Bishop Demetrio Fernández Gonzalez of Córdoba closed on Saturday the diocesan phase of the beatification process for the missionary Brother Pedro Manuel Salado de Alba, who died in Ecuador in 2012 after saving seven children from drowning in the ocean.
The diocesan phase began in October 2018 and ended March 20 with the certification of the original documentation and the two copies that will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Salado was a consecrated member of the Home at Nazareth, an institute of consecrated life headquartered in Córdoba. He made his final vows in 1990 and lived in Spain until 1998. He was then assigned to the Quinindé mission in Ecuador, where he directed a home and the Holy Family of Nazareth School.
In a March 20 statement from the Diocese of Córdoba, Bishop Fernández expressed his desire "that this cause be processed quickly." Now "let's keep it in our prayers because this cause encourages us to be like Pedro Manuel, to spend our lives for the sake of others."