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Pope Francis at the Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, Angelus and martyrs beatified in Seville on Nov. 18, 2023.

Pope Francis calls for applause for 20 martyrs of Spanish Civil War beatified in Seville

Nov 20, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

At Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis called for applause for the 20 martyrs beatified in the Seville cathedral on Nov. 18. Read more

The archbishop of Seville, Spain, José Ángel Saiz Meneses, and his auxiliary, Bishop Teodoro León Muñoz, at a press conference announcing the Nov. 18, 2023, beatification of the Spanish martyrs.

20 martyrs of persecution during Spanish Civil War to be beatified

Oct 24, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

On Nov. 18, the Archdiocese of Seville will celebrate the beatification of 20 martyrs of religious persecution carried out during... Read more

The four martyrs beatified by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro at Tortosa Cathedral, Spain, Oct. 30, 2021.

Four martyrs of Spanish Civil War beatified

Oct 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘May their witness be a model especially for priests,’ said Pope Francis. Read more

Beatification Mass for Joan Roig Diggle in the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona Nov. 7, 2020. Screenshot.

Teen martyred while protecting the Eucharist beatified in Spain

Nov 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A 19-year-old Spanish martyr who gave his life while protecting the Eucharist was beatified Saturday at a Mass in the... Read more

The Valley of the Fallen.

The martyrs buried at the Valley of the Fallen

Oct 28, 2020

The Valley of the Fallen is a monumental complex near Madrid which includes an abbey and basilica, and which honors... Read more

Spain's twentieth century martyrs were not only from Spanish Civil War

Oct 19, 2020

While there is a tendency to associate the Spanish martyrs of the 20th century solely with the civil war of... Read more

Family members carry the coffin of Francisco Franco out of the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican says Pope Francis did not intervene in Franco exhumation in Spain

Jul 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican stated Tuesday that Pope Francis did not intervene in last year’s controversy over the exhumation of the body... Read more

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at a general audience Oct. 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Dec 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the... Read more

Family members carry the coffin of Francisco Franco out of the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, Oct. 24, 2019.

Monks at Valley of the Fallen denounce irregularities around Franco exhumation

Oct 24, 2019

The prior of the Benedictine Abbey at the Valley of the Fallen, whence the body of Francisco Franco was exhumed... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Mar 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Pope advances sainthood causes of 17 women

Jan 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis approved Tuesday the next step in the canonization causes of 17 women from four countries, including the martyrdom... Read more

They died for the faith: 115 Spanish Catholics recognized as martyrs

Jun 14, 2016

Pope Francis has officially recognized 115 Catholics who were killed during the Spanish Civil War out of hatred of the... Read more

Beatification Mass of the 522 martyrs, said in Tarragona, Spain, Oct. 13, 2013.

Spanish woman recounts how beatified aunt saved her life

Oct 22, 2013

Blessed Josefa Martinez' niece says she owes her life to her aunt, who was beatified Oct. 13 alongside 521 other... Read more