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


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According to the Archdiocese of Seville, they were murdered “after being arrested and without prior trial in the climate of persecution of anyone who professed to be a member of the Catholic Church.”

The new blessed are Father Manuel González-Serna Rodríguez, María Dolores Sobrino, Father Francisco de Asís Arias Rivas, Father Juan María Coca Saavedra, José María Rojas, Manuel Luque Ramos, Agustín Alcalá Heinke, Father José Vigil Cabrerizo, and Father Antonio Jesús Díaz Ramos.

Also beatified were: Enrique Palacios Monrabá, Manuel Palacios Rodríguez, Mariano López-Cepero y Muru, Gabriel López-Cepero y Muru, Cristóbal Pérez Pascual, Father Mariano Caballero Rubio, Father Pedro Carballo Corrales, Father Miguel Borrero Picón, Father Salvador Lobato Pérez, Rafael Lobato Pérez, and Father Rafael Machuca y Juárez de Negrón.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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