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Beatification for Italian layman who saved Jews

Catholic World News - June 17, 2013

Odoardo Focherini (1907-44), an Italian layman who saved more than 100 Jews during World War II, was beatified on June 16 in the northern Italian city of Carpi.

Focherini, an insurance agent, journalist, and father of seven, died in a concentration camp in Hersbruck, Germany.

In 1969, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, declared Focherini a “Righteous Among the Nations” because of his efforts to save Jews. In May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the publication of a decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declaring Focherini a martyr.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation, presided at the outdoor Mass of beatification.

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