The diocesan phase of the beatification processes of 140 priests and laymen murdered in Spain during the religious persecution of the 1930s was concluded today. Among the candidates is the priest who hid the body of St. Isidore so that it would not be desecrated.
There are three causes for beatification: one covering 61 diocesan priests from Madrid, another for 71 laypeople, and a third for eight members of the Catholic Association of Propagandists, all of whom were murdered during the religious genocide unleashed during the Second Spanish Republic and civil war.
These causes are promoted by the Archdiocese of Madrid, the Diocese of Getafe, the Catholic Association of Propagandists (ACdP), Catholic Action of Madrid, and Catholic Action of Getafe.
The religious persecution of those years “was the bloodiest suffered by the Church in our country, although not the greatest in history; yes, perhaps the most intense,” according to an auxiliary bishop of Madrid, Juan Antonio Martínez Camino.
Just in the last five months of 1936, when the war began, more than 7,500 priests were martyred. However, the prelate pointed out that “it’s not really about the ‘martyrs of the war’ as is sometimes said. They are more like martyrs of the revolutionary persecution” before and after the war.Another 140 Spanish laymen, priests martyred for their faith considered for beatification – Catholic World Report