Seville, Spain, Mar 9, 2022 / 16:19 pm
On June 18 the Seville Cathedral will host the beatification of 27 Dominican martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.
Although the beatification was approved by Pope Francis in December 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic it had to be postponed.
The Spanish Civil War was fought from 1936 to 1939 between the Nationalist forces, led by Francisco Franco, and the Republican faction. During the war, Republicans martyred thousands of clerics, religious, and laity; of these, 11 have been canonized, and more than 2,000 beatified.
The 27 martyrs are in three groups: Angelo Marina Álvarez and 19 companions; Giovanni Aguilar Donis and five companions; and Isabel Sánchez Romero.