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Vatican recognizes 125 new martyrs, moves 3 others toward beatification

Catholic World News - February 10, 2014

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has released decrees recognizing 125 martyrs, and advancing three other candidates toward beatification.

During a February 7 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the decrees recognized the martyrdom of Francesco Zirano, an Italian Franciscan priest, who was killed in Algeria in 1603; and of Paolo Yun Ji-chung, a Korean layman, and 123 companions who died in Korean persecutions between 1791 and 1888. All are now eligible for beatification.

The Congregation also recognized the “heroic virtue” of the following candidates, who will become eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their influence:

  1. Jesus Maria Echavarria y Aguirre (1858- 1954), a Mexican bishop;
  2. Faustino Ghilardi (1858- 1937), born Guglielmo Giacomo, an Italian Franciscan; and
  3. Maria Rocio of Jesus Crucified (1923- 1956), born Maria Rafaela Rodriguez Xuarez de la Guardia, a Spanish nun.

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    • Posted by: robertrees1422 - Feb. 12, 2014 9:33 AM ET USA

      Could anyone tell me what miracles were attributed to John XXIII? I thought that Pope Francis had, through Papal decree, waived the requirement?

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