The martyrs to be proclaimed blessed are all Spanish victims of the brutal anti-Catholic movement that killed more than 5,000 priests before and during Spain’s Civil War (1936-1939). They are Jose Tapies Sirvant, Spanish (born 1869), and his six companions: Pascual Araguas Guardia (1899), Silvestre Arnau Pascuet (1911), Jose Boher Foix (1887), Francisco Castell Brenuy (1866), Pedro Martret Moles (1901) and Jose Juan Perot Juanmartí, French (1877), all priests of the diocese of Urgel (Spain.) According to the Vatican decree, they were “murdered due to hatred of the faith during the religious persecution in Spain in 1936.”
Also to be proclaimed blessed are Maria de los Angeles Ginard Marti, Spanish (1894), religious of the Congregation of Sisters, Zealous of Eucharistic Devotion also killed due to hatred of the faith in Spain in 1936.
Heroic Virtues The Congregation also proclaimed the heroic virtues of nine other Servants of God. The proclamation of Heroic Virtues is the step previous to the proclamation of a miracle that will lead to a beatification.
The list includes Servant of God Mary Anne Barbara Cope (1838-1918), a German-born American, known as “Mother Marianne of Molokai,” also as “the Angel of Molokai”. She was a religious of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Syracuse, New York. In June 1883, during the second year of her second term as provincial superior, Mother Marianne Cope received a letter from a priest in Hawaii begging for help. He had sent a similar letter to more than 50 religious communities in the United States.
Mother Marianne's was the only response. On October 22, 1883, she and six other sisters left bound for Hawaii expecting to be there only for a few weeks. But she would never return and would die among the lepers.
The Congregation´s list also includes Francesco Maria Greco, Italian, priest and founder of the Congregation the Little Sisters, Workers of the Sacred Hearts (1857-1931); Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, Argentine, priest (1840-1914); Silvio Gallotti, Italian, priest (1887-1927); Felice Prinetti, Italian, priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of Our Lady and founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Joseph (1842-1916); Candelaria de San Jose, Venezuelan, née Susana Paz Castillo Ramirez, religious and foundress of the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of the Third Order, now known as the Carmelite Sisters of Mother Candelaria (1863-1940); Servant of God Teresa del Corazon Inmaculado de Maria, Spanish, née Teresa Guasch y Toda; religious, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Teresian Carmelite Sisters of St. Joseph (1848-1917); Maria della Passione di Nostro Signore Gesu Cristo, Italian, née Maria Grazia Tarallo, religious of the Institute of the Sisters, Crucified Adorers of the Eucharist (1866-1912); and Maria del Pilar Cimadevilla y Lopez-Doriga, Spanish child (1951-1962).