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14 nuns, martyred during Spanish Civil War, beatified in Madrid

June 24, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Blessed María Carmen Lacaba Andía and her 13 companions belonged to the Franciscan Order of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated the beatification Mass (video). “Killed in hatred of the faith during the religious persecution between 1936 and 1939, these cloistered nuns, like the prudent virgins, awaited with heroic faith the arrival of the divine Spouse,” Pope Francis said following his June 23 Angelus address. “Their martyrdom is an invitation to all of us to be strong and steadfast, especially at the time of trial.”

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