Guatemala City, Guatemala, Oct 30, 2018 / 18:00 pm
Presiding at a Mass for the beatification of martyrs Fr. Tullio Maruzzo and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, a Vatican official prayed that "their martyrdom would inspire in everyone courageous Christian witness, a consistent life and boundless commitment to others."
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated the Mass Oct. 27 in the city of Morales in the Apostolic Vicariate of Izabel in Guatemala.
The cardinal said that "the entire Church in Guatemala is in celebration," and recalled that while "one was a priest and Franciscan religious of the Friars Minor and the other a faithful lay catechist," both "shared essential traits of spirituality: a simple and joyful lifestyle, befitting one who is poor in spirit ; ardent zeal for the Gospel, which sustains those who work for peace."
He also praised "the attentive care for the poor and the valiant defense of the least which distinguishes men of good will. These are traits that constitute for us a message that is ever relevant."