–TEXT Miguel Castellví
"What a joy to be able to thank God together for this great gift! How good it is to have the example and intercession of these confreres who have lived the Vincentian charism!". This is what Cardinal Carlos Osoro emphasized in regard to the upcoming beatification of 60 martyrs of the Vincentian Family, which will take place in Madrid on November 11 and will be celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Saints, in the name of Pope Francis.
Juan José González, pastor of the Basilica of the Miraculous Virgin in the Chamberí neighborhood of Madrid, explains, "There is a great variety in the group of 60 martyrs. Most of them are Vincentian missionaries, both priests and brothers. But there are also two Daughters of Charity martyred in Barcelona. And five diocesan priests from the Diocese of Cartagena, Murcia. There are also 13 lay people. Among the 13 lay people, there are seven Young Men of Mary of the Miraculous Medal, six in Cartagena and one in Valencia. And there are also six Knights of the Miraculous Medal belonging to this basilica. Here they exercised their service". In total the martyrs related to the Basilica of the Miraculous Medal are 14 Pauline missionaries and 6 lay people from the Chamberí neighborhood. The motto of the beatification is "Witnesses and prophets of Faith and Charity", because "they did not die for political ideas. None of them was involved in any... full text for subscribers only