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Priest who was martyred by Calvinists is beatified

April 24, 2013

Father Nicolò Rusca (1563-1618), a priest who was tortured and killed at the instigation of Calvinists, was beatified on April 21 in Sondrio, the northern Italian city of 20,000 where he served for decades as a parish priest.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification Mass.

Father Pietro Riva, the postulator of the beatification cause, explained that Blessed Rusca’s exhortation to Catholic youth not to attend a Calvinist school led to his martyrdom.


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