Beatification of Daughters of Charity of the Spanish Civil War: October 13, 2013

Pope Francis will beatify 522 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) on October 13, 2013 at Tarragona, Spain. Among these are 27 Daughters of Charity and one of their lay collaborators.

Thousands were murdered in the Spanish Civil War just because they were Catholic.

Large numbers of Catholics were butchered during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War, solely for being Catholic. Unlike other examples of martyrdom in most parts of the world, the situation in Spain was unique– in fact, probably no country in the 20th century witnessed so much bloodshed among its clergy. Wikipedia reports that “entire religious communities were persecuted, leading to a death toll of 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarists, 2,364 monks and friars and 283 nuns, for a total of 6,832 clerical victims, as part of what is referred to as Spain’s Red Terror.”

Read more: Vincentian Encyclopedia
Read more: Martyrs of Madrid
Read more: Martyrs of Valencia

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Sor Josefa Martínez Pérez, one of the martyrs

Sor Josefa Martínez Pérez, one of the martyrs

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5 Responses to Beatification of Daughters of Charity of the Spanish Civil War: October 13, 2013

  1. marguerite broderick dc October 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    thanks so much for all this good information–when did the date change from Oct 27?

  2. Monica October 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Glad you find all the information interesting! I am told by Fr. Freund that the date was changed months ago and that October 13 is definitive.

  3. mary ann guevara, dc October 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    We join the worldwide Vincentian Family in honoring our Sisters and their lay collaborator, the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers who together with thousands others were Martyrs for the Faith.

  4. Sr. Virginia P. Nacional, DC October 14, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    I feel proud for our Spanish Daughters of Charity martyrs. They must be enjoying in our Lord’s heavenly mansions now.

  5. Monica October 14, 2013 at 7:16 am #


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