Madrid, Spain, Oct 7, 2021 / 06:40 am
Emilia Fernandez, a pregnant woman who found her faith in a Spanish prison during the Civil War (1936-1939), refused to give up the name of her catechist to her persecutors, and became a modern promoter of the Rosary.
“Emilia is a martyr of suffering, because she died some 10 days after giving birth for lack of medical attention, clutching her rosary. She had a chance to apostatize, to betray the one who taught her the faith, but she did not. She’s an example,” Spanish historian Martin Ibarra told CNA.
Emilia became the first Romani – or Gypsy – woman to be beatified by the Catholic Church.
“Emilia's life until she turned 24 was normal for an Andalusian Gypsy woman,” Ibarra said. “She devoted herself to her family and to her work as a basket maker. She was and honest, hard working Gypsy woman.”