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Spanish priest dies from burns after Easter vigil ceremony

April 05, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: A Spanish priest, Father Javier Sanchez, died of severe burns that he suffered when a spark set his vestments on fire during candle-lighting ceremony at the Easter Vigil.

Witnesses said that the bowl that was used to start the Easter fire caught on fire itself, and sent off sparks that caught on the priest’s vestments. Father Sanchez, engulfed in flames, stood between the burning bowl and members of the congregation, to protect them.

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