Oct 13, 2013 / 09:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked God for the 522 priest, religious and lay martyrs who were newly beatified in Spain.
“We praise the Lord for this their courageous testimony, and we beg for their intercession in freeing the world from every violence,” said Pope Francis.
The martyrs were killed for their faith during the Spanish civil war of the 1930s. They join hundreds of other victims of the conflict’s anti-Catholic persecution who have previously been beatified.
The Pope had sent a video message to those gathered in Tarragona, Spain for the Oct. 13 beatification ceremony. He said that he was “one in heart” with those in Spain.
“Who are the martyrs?” he asked in his video message. “They are Christians won over by Christ, disciples who have learned well the meaning of ‘love until the end’ that brought Jesus to the Cross.”
“Love doesn’t exist for distribution, love in portions,” the Pope continued. “Total love: when one loves, one loves until the end. In the Cross, Jesus felt the weight of death, the weight of sin, but he trusted completely in the Father, and he forgave.” …
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